Judge who presided over Beng Hock inquest to be charged with graft

PETALING JAYA: Sessions Court judge Azmil Muntapha Abas will be charged with corruption tomorrow, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) says.

The anti-graft agency also said it had obtained the green light from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to charge two others, deputy public prosecutor Khairul Azhwa Yusrie Mohamad and lawyer Noor Amirul Nazreen Anas, with corruption.

All three will be brought to the special court for corruption in Shah Alam tomorrow.

In 2011, Azmil presided over the inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock, who died in MACC custody in 2009.

He issued an open verdict, saying Teoh’s death was neither a suicide nor a homicide.

An appeals court overturned the verdict in September 2014, ruling that Teoh’s death was caused by a fall as a result of, or accelerated by, an unlawful act or acts of persons unknown.

The three judges on the panel also ordered a further probe into his death.