Widow and son seek damages and truth about senior Customs officer's death

KUALA LUMPUR - The family of Customs assistant director Ahmad Sarbaini Mo­­hamed who died in custody three years ago has filed a RM8 million (S$3.07 million) suit against the Government, Malaysian Anti-Cor­ruption Commission (MACC) and seven others.

His widow Masiah @ Maziah Manap filed the civil suit at the High Court yesterday over his alleged assault, battery and mental torture, and for misfeasance of public office and negligence.

Speaking to reporters after filing the suit here, Masiah said she wanted the truth about what happened to Ahmad Sarbaini revealed.

He was found dead at the badminton court on the first floor of the MACC building in Jalan Cochrane here on April 6, 2011.

Masiah's lawyer N. Surendran said the family had rejected the "misadventure" verdict by the coroner's court after an inquest into Ahmad Sarbaini's death, adding that they were seeking justice.

In the suit which also named Masiah's son Shahril as a plaintiff, the family is seeking a declaration that the defendants had wilfully breached the fundamental rights of the deceased.

Ahmad Sarbani, 56, who was attached with the Port Klang Customs Office, was reported to have gone to the commission's office to meet the investigation officer probing corruption cases involving 62 Customs officers.

The other defendants named in the suit were the MACC Chief Commissioner and its six officers.

The Coroner's Court had on Sept 26, 2011 ruled that there was no element of suicide, homicide or third party involvement in Ahmad Sarbaini's death.