Teoh RCI: Pornthip, Vanezis to testify in March

Posted: February 28, 2011 in News
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Source: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/teoh-rci-pornthip-vanezis-to-testify-in-march/

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Foreign forensic pathologists Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand and Dr Peter Vanezis will testify in March at the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) investigating Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

RCI secretary Datuk Saripuddin Kasim today said Dr Pornthip has confirmed that she will attend the inquiry from March 16 to March 17.

“Professor Peter Vanezis… will testify before the commission on 29 and 30 March 2011,” said Saripuddin in a statement today.

Dr Pornthip previously testified that the DAP aide had sustained pre-fall injuries to his neck before plunging to his death on July 16 2009.

The flamboyant pathologist, who had said Teoh did not kill himself, was a key witness called by the Selangor state government during the coroner’s inquest that returned an open verdict in Teoh’s death, ruling out both suicide and homicide.

But Dr Vanezis and three government pathologists — Dr Shahidan Md Noor, Dr Prashant Samberkar and Dr Khairul Aznam Ibrahim — had suggested that Teoh jumped to his death.

Dr Pornthip was the only forensics expert who supported the Teoh family’s claims of foul play, although she declined to repeat her previous assertion that Teoh’s death was 80 per cent homicide.

She also said Teoh was likely to have been unconscious before he fell nine floors from the then Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam.

Dr Vanezis — famed for his role in Princess Diana’s inquest — similarly did not rule out the possibility that Teoh could have suffered pre-fall injuries.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas had confirmed the existence of pre-fall injuries on Teoh’s neck.

Azmil also raised doubts that Teoh could have exited unaided from the window on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam before falling to his death following an overnight interrogation by MACC officers.

Teoh, 30, was political secretary to Selangor state executive councillor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, at the time of death on July 16, 2009.

The inquiry resumes tomorrow.

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