Adib’s family can appoint lawyer to hold watching brief

Adib’s family can appoint lawyer to hold watching brief

PUCHONG: The family of late firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim can hire a lawyer to hold watching brief on their behalf in the inquest investigating his death.

Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad Baharuddin Shah said this after attending a road safety campaign and a breaking of fast event organised by the Terengganu Fire and Rescue Department yesterday.

However, the lawyer would not be able to participate actively in the inquest.

Last Monday, Coroner Rofiah Mohamad granted lawyer Syazlin Mansor’s application to recuse herself from representing the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Fire and Rescue Department and Adib’s family from the inquest proceedings.

Clarifying the matter, Attorney-General (AG) Tommy Thomas said there was a conflict of interest in Syazlin’s position as the lawyer to Housing and Local Government Ministry and the Fire and Rescue Department, while at the same time being appointed to act on behalf of Adib’s family.

Adib, 24, who was also a member of the emergency medical rescue services (EMRS) at Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue station, was seriously injured in the riot at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, USJ 25, Subang Jaya on Nov 27, 2018.

He died on Dec 17 at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur