Relatives of youth who died at music fest given the runaround over autopsy findings

Relatives of youth who died at music fest given the runaround over autopsy findings
Zekry's brother Kamal Syahril said the family was shunted between the police and hospital whenever they asked for the report after his death at the 2014 Future Music Festival Asia.

KUALA LUMPUR - The family of Kamal Zekry Kamal Basha, who died from heatstroke at a music festival, are claiming they were given the runaround over the autopsy findings.

Zekry's brother Kamal Syahril said the family was shunted between the police and hospital whenever they asked for the report after his death at the 2014 Future Music Festival Asia.

They went to the University Malaya Medical Centre for the report several times but were told to get it from the police.

"The police would tell us, 'Oh, we are still investigating' or 'the results are still not out'," he said.

"So we just waited and are still waiting. Maybe the police also did not get the information. I really don't know."

Kamal Syahril added that the family was anxious to find out the cause of death because the police had said it was due to a drug overdose and the media was reporting it.

When contacted, the Bukit Aman Prosecution and Law division said it was not the job of the police to disclose the post-mortem results but the hospital's.

Two senior officers claimed that the next of kin usually have to pay the hospital for a copy of the autopsy report.

However, Kuala Lumpur police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said it was standard procedure that the family ask the hospital for the report through a lawyer.

"They usually don't reveal post-mortem results unless it's for insurance purposes," he added.

But SDCP Tajuddin said he understood the family's plight and asked them to make a formal request to the police for the post-mortem report.

"We will forward the request to the Attorney-General's Chambers," he said.

Lawyer Zamri Idrus said the police usually had access to an autopsy report if an investigation paper had been opened on the death.

"But it is at the discretion of the police whether to release the information to other parties or the media."

Otherwise, he said, the report would only be released to the deceased's next of kin.

"The family members only have to fill up a form to request the report," he added.

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