Teoh probe: Royal Commission to look into inquest too

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  • Tuesday, 04 Aug 2009

KUANTAN: The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock would also look into the findings of the inquest.

It will look into the evidence adduced by the inquest and therefore would only be formed after the inquest has been completed, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said here on Tuesday.

Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16 at Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam the morning after he was interviewed for 10 hours by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which has its state office on the 14th floor of the building.

Teoh, who is the political secretary to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was reported to be a witness in the investigation into the alleged abuse of constituency development funds by several Selangor Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen.

When Najib first announced the Royal Commission of Inquiry, he said it would look into the methods used by the MACC in its interrogation of Teoh, and it had violated his human rights.

In a meeting with the Prime Minister however, Teoh’s family urged Najib to expand the Royal Commission’s terms of reference to include looking into the death.

The inquest, which had began on July 30, resumes on Wednesday after an adjournment requested by the family and its lawyers, as well as lawyers representing the Selangor Government and the Bar Council.

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