KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has allowed an application by the family of Teoh Beng Hock to stay the proceedings in their civil suit against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Government over his death.
Justice Rosnaini Saub stayed the proceedings after 13 witnesses testified for the family in the trial.
The family’s lead counsel Gobind Singh Deo said the judge had granted a stay pending the outcome of their appeal at the Court of Appeal against the Shah Alam High Court’s refusal to review the coroner’s decision from one of open verdict to homicide.
Gobind said the appeal at the Court of Appeal was scheduled to be heard on March 28, adding that the panel of judges would be going for a site visit in Shah Alam on March 18.
Teoh, 30, the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after giving a statement at the Selangor MACC’s office on the 14th floor of the building.
In January 2011, coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas gave an open verdict on the death, ruling that it was neither due to suicide nor homicide. Senior Federal Counsel Azizan Md Arshad, who appeared for the defendants, said it had no objections. Justice Rosnaini set April 29 for case management.