KUALA LUMPUR: Police have rubbished allegations that Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin’s family was involved in her death.
Negeri Sembilan police chief Mohamad Mat Yusop said the claim made by an overseas lawyer, identified as Anne Brennan, was a lie.
“We consider it libel because we did not accuse anyone. We have never issued a statement saying that Nora Anne’s parents were involved.
“The allegation is untrue. Yesterday at 6pm, a police officer from the Nilai district police headquarters made a report against a Facebook post for slandering a police team who are still carrying out the investigation.
“The posting is malicious because we are still investigating,” he told Bernama.
Brennan, who is also a child activist, had made several allegations through a Facebook account, including claiming that the Quoirin family was involved in the disappearance and death of 15-year-old Nora Anne.
The lawyer also accused the police of being inexperienced and failing to do a good job.
Nora Anne’s body was found on Aug 13 about 2.5km from a resort at Pantai, Negeri Sembilan, where she had been reported missing on Aug 4 after checking in a day earlier.
An autopsy confirmed that the special needs girl died of gastrointestinal bleeding, possibly due to starvation and prolonged stress, without any signs of foul play.
Nora Anne and her mother Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin, father Sebastien Marie Philipe and two siblings had arrived in Malaysia for a two-week vacation on Aug 3.