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Teoh family questions AG’s motive

 | January 7, 2011

Lawyer Gobind Singh says the Attorney-General should instead busy himself with investigations into the coroner’s findings.

KUALA LUMPUR: Teoh Beng Hock’s family has questioned Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail’s motive in seeking a revision of the coroner’s findings announced on Wednesday.

“Does he want it to be suicide?” asked Gobind Singh Deo, the family’s lawyer.

“I think the AG should tell us why is he filing a revision. What is he unhappy about?”

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas delivered an open verdict, saying Teoh’s death was neither suicide nor homicide.

Gobind, speaking at a press conference here, said the AG should instead direct investigations into the coroner’s findings.

The inquest revealed weaknesses in police investigations into Teoh’s death, including a failure to find out how he got bruises in his neck.

He also questioned the rationale behind the government’s decision to exclude the cause of death from the terms of reference of the royal commission of inquiry, as announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today.

Najib said the commission would study only the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) procedures to “determine whether there has been a violation of the human rights of Teoh Beng Hock during the investigation”.

Gobind said: “How are you going to ascertain the procedures did not violate Teoh’s human rights when we do not know what actually happened to him?”

He said he was “disturbed and disappointed” at the narrow scope of the inquiry.

“Why hold a royal commission now to look into the investigation procedures by the MACC? That aspect should have been looked into long ago. At the end of the day, everybody wants to know how Teoh died.”

Teoh Lee Lan, Beng Hock’s sister, said the family was still hoping for a royal commission that would investigate her brother’s death.

Responding to Minister in Prime Minister’s Department  Nazri Aziz’s call to the family to accept the coroner’s decision, she said: “Would Nazri accept the decision if it was a member of his family who died?”


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