Source : The Sun
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 9, 2011): The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) probing the death of Teoh Beng Hock should be postponed to avoid a clash with the revision of the Teoh inquest decision pending in the High Court.
Teoh family counsel Karpal Singh said this after attending a meeting of commissioners at the Duta Court Complex today.
Karpal, who was accompanied by co-counsel Gobind Singh Deo, Selangor government counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar and Teoh’s sister Lee Lan raised the issue with the panel during a 15-minute meeting.
“There is a revision of the inquest at the High Court, so whether the Commission should proceed in the face of the pending revision has to be considered,” he said. “You can’t have both concurrently proceeding.”
Karpal said he had also raised the issue of the RCI starting date clashing with hearing dates of other cases involving him and the other lawyers, such as the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, which resumes next Monday.
Gobind said the Teoh legal team had also asked for the list of witnesses who would be called.
He said the commissioners had directed that the concerns be made in open court on Monday.
“We weren’t consulted on the date. The courts are very strict with postponements these days. If the RCI proceeds on Monday it will put us in a spot because we have cases lined up until March and some in April,” Gobind said.
The RCI which begins on Feb 14 is chaired by Federal Court judge Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen.
The RCI, which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in early January, will look into the death of the then-30 year old aide to Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah.
It will also look into whether the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) followed proper procedures in questioning Teoh as a witness.
Teoh was found dead on July 16, 2009 on the 5th floor landing of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam after being questioned overnight by the Selangor MACC at their 14th floor office. He was brought in as a witness in a case involving an alleged misuse of Selangor government allocations.
Meanwhile, commission secretary Datuk Saripuddin Kasim said that today’s meeting covered logistical and administrative issues, as well as applications for representation, including Karpal’s and Malik’s.
Updated: 08:43PM Wed, 09 Feb 2011