‘Investigate homicide angle’

Posted: February 14, 2011 in News
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Source : Free Malaysia Today

Teoh El Sen | February 11, 2011

The M4BH movement has sent a seven-point checklist to commissioner James Foong to look into the causes of Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH) movement has called on the Royal Commission of Inquiry to consider the “possibility of homicide” in Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

The movement alleged that this angle had not been thoroughly investigated in the past.

The request was part of the movement’s “must investigate checklist” contained in a memorandum which it submitted to the commission today.

M4BH coordinator Ng Yap Hwa said the checklist also contained seven key questions on Teoh’s death which they want answered.

Ng said these were questions were left unanswered during Teoh’s inquest, which returned an open verdict.

“We want these questions to be the benchmark for investigation and answering them is crucial to finding the truth behind Beng Hock’s death.

“The inquest has failed in so many ways to look at the angle of homicide.

“Indeed, serious doubts have been cast on the efficiency, professionalism, impartiality and independence of the entire investigation, including the police, forensic department and the public prosecutor,” said Ng.

Was Teoh tortured?

Meanwhile, M4BH adviser Dr Toh Kin Woon said the public wanted to know if Teoh had been tortured and had a right to have something conclusive.

“These questions can help us find out how he died, who injured him and why.

“Except for the death sentence passed by the court of law, nobody has the right to take another’s life; somebody has to be charged…,” he said.

The memorandum which was addressed to commission chairman James Foong was handed over to legal adviser Muhammad Bukhari Ab Hamid from the Prime Minister’s Department.

Ng said they decided to submit the memorandum after Foong reportedly said that the commission welcomed public input.

The seven key points are:

  • How did the injury on Teoh’s neck occur? Who was responsible? The coroner has clearly stated that it was a pre-fall injury.
  • How did the scratches on Teoh’s hand occur? Who was responsible?
  • How did Teoh’s waist belt get torn? Who caused it?
  • Sivanesan Thangavelu and Tan Boon Wah claimed that they had been physically and mentally tortured by MACC officers. Is that true? Was there any investigation into these allegations? If not, why not? Did these also happen to Teoh?
  • During the inquest into the coroner’s court, MACC officers gave contradictory statements when cross examined. Was there any investigation into that? If not, why not?
  • On July 17, 2009, Teoh’s employer Ean Yong Hian Wah had been asking to enter the MACC office at the Masalam building since 4pm. On the same day, between 6pm and 9pm, Teoh’s brother had asked to see Teoh’s body. Why were their requests rejected? And under whose instructions?
  • MACC Selangor only lodged a police report on the second day after it found Teoh dead. Why this delay? Why didn’t MACC immediately lodge a report? Instead, it reported to Putrajaya. Who was the person it reported to in Putrajaya?

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