Post-mortem on 2 Malaysian navy men suggests they were tortured before death

The burial ceremony of Nik Muhammad Baihaqy Nik Mat.
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The alleged abuse of two navy men has outraged their family members, who are now demanding justice.

Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) personnel Nik Muhammad Baihaqy Nik Mat, 28, and Muhammad Lailal Tuiman Mohd Sukri, 26, died at the Sungai Wangi Unit detention room near Sitiawan on Sept 29.

Earlier, RMN had said that the two men died after complaining of exhaustion during physical training.

But post-mortem studies done on their bodies now suggest that they were abused.

“The post-mortem conducted on both of them revealed that they were tortured, which resulted in injuries. From these findings, the investigations are classified under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” Perak Crime Investigation chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee said in a statement.

Both deaths were said to be caused by bleeding on the lungs and blunt trauma on soft tissue, Bernama reported.

Nik Muhammad Baihaqy Nik Mat’s eldest sister Nik Norliliwati told The Star that the family is now considering hiring a lawyer.

“Our family may appoint a lawyer. We will uphold justice, especially for his family,” she was quoted as saying.

His widow, Noor Bazlin, who works as a nurse, told reporters that Nik Muhammad Bai­haqy had been detained on Wednesday because he showed up late for work twice, The Star reported.

Although he assured her that he would be home soon, she was told on Friday evening that he had died.

He had three children with Noor Bazlin, a four-year-old, a two-year-old and a 10-month-old.

According to The Star, Noor Bazlin said her husband had been with the Navy for nine years but started complaining about stress only after transferring to Lumut navy base in 2015.

Three men, aged between 29 and 44, have been taken in for questioning.