Call to probe Beng Hock inquest for corruption after judge accused of graft

Azmil Muntapha Abas is facing a charge of accepting a RM17,500 bribe in a case involving illegal migrant workers. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The organisation set up in memory of Teoh Beng Hock has called for an investigation on possible corruption in an inquest into the death of the late DAP officer, following a recent graft charge slapped on the judge who presided over the inquest.

The Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy said the government should conduct a probe “on the possible undue influence and monetary benefits” in the 2010 inquest presided by Sessions Court judge Azmil Muntapha Abas, who then issued an open verdict.

“The corruption charge shows the integrity of Azmil Muntapha Abas is questionable, and it raises doubt that there were undue influences and monetary benefits in previous cases ruled by him,” the trust’s chairman, Ng Geok Chee, said in a statement.

Azmil, a judge at the Kuala Kubu Baru Sessions Court, was charged early this month with accepting a bribe amounting RM17,500 in the release of undocumented migrant workers.

His open verdict in the 2011 inquest ruled that Teoh’s death was neither a suicide nor a homicide.

An appeals court overturned the verdict in 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.

In 2009, Teoh, who was aide to then DAP assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, hours after he was interrogated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at its office on the 14th floor of the same building.

A royal commission of inquiry concluded that Teoh was driven to suicide by the aggressive interrogation methods used by MACC officers.

The Teoh Beng Hock trust said any re-investigation of his death must probe all available clues and persons involved in the case, including MACC officers, policemen, coroner, pathologist and others.