SHAH ALAM: Policy analyst Tricia Yeoh is to be called up by a police task force investigating the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock in 2009.
Selangor Police Chief Noor Azam Jamaludin said that Yeoh would be interviewed about her newspaper article “Seeking Fresh Leads To Teoh Beng Hock’s Death” published in the New Straits Times on July 17.
Yeoh, currently a fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, was a research officer with the Selangor state government at the time.
Noor Azam said in a statement today that several public witnesses would also be called for their statements to be recorded for further investigation, Bernama reported.
Teoh was found dead on July 16, 2009 on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam here, after giving a statement at the MACC office on the 14th floor of the same building.
He was then the political secretary to Ean-Yong Hian Wah, who was a Selangor executive councillor at the time.
Noor Azam said the investigation into Teoh’s death was being conducted by a special task force involving the Selangor contingent CID and officers of federal headquarters at Bukit Aman.
So far, five people who were witnesses to the case have had their statements recorded. They included Ean-Yong, who is Seri Kembangan state assemblyman, and lawyer M. Manoharan.
The task force was set up on the order of the Attorney-General on July 16 that Teoh’s death be investigated under Section 342 of the Penal Code for wrongful detention.
The Court of Appeal had earlier ruled that Teoh’s death was due to a criminal offence in which the deceased had allegedly fallen from a building caused by unlawful acts.
The court also ruled that the cause of the incident was driven by one or more unidentified people, including officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, as well as his detention, Noor Azam said.
He said the investigation papers would be referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further instructions from time to time.