Pornthip need not fear coming to inquest: IGP


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Jan 2010

lourdes@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan is free to testify in the Teoh Beng Hock inquest without fearing arrest, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said.

He said police were not investigating the high-profile pathologist.

Instead, Musa said, police were only investigating the article published in the PKR’s house organ Suara Keadilan which had quoted Health Ministry sources purportedly stating that Dr Pornthip had obtained enough forensic evidence to state that Teoh was murdered.

“She need not fear us. We are not going to arrest or intimidate her in any way. That much, I can assure,” he said, adding that the police were investigating Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for making similar allegations.

Musa said Dr Pornthip had the right to come up with the report as she was appointed by the Selangor government to observe the second post-mortem conducted at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Teoh’s family members had on Wednesday filed a motion to cite Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer Raub Ghani for contempt against the ongoing inquest, charging that the latter had undermined the inquiry.

The move came after Raub and Hisham Mohd Yusoff, both from MACC’s Putrajaya branch, lodged a police report against Suara Keadilan and the Thai pathologist on Jan 1.

In the notice of motion, Beng Hock’s brother Meng Kee is seeking an order that Raub be held in contempt of court or be made to show cause why he should not be cited for contempt.

In his affidavit in support of the motion, Meng Kee said Raub’s action created “a real risk of interfering with the due course of justice and amounted to contempt of court.”

Counsel for the Teoh family, Karpal Singh, told reporters that the police report by Raub “amounted to criminal intimidation and threatening of a witness.”

“Dr Pornthip should be allowed to give evidence without threats. We called on her to come (before the inquest) and not bow to any threats. We’ll give her full protection,” Karpal said, after filing the motion at the Shah Alam magistrates court registry.

Gobind Singh Deo, who is also acting for the Teoh family in the inquest, stressed that Dr Pornthip and the other forensics experts’ evidence was significant and could potentially “turn” the inquest.

Related Stories: Teoh inquest: Contempt application to be heard first (Updated) Teoh’s brother files contempt motion against MACC Suara Keadilan journo gives statement to police DAP: Report against Pornthip is intimidation MACC officers lodge reports over article MACC rapped over police report against Thai pathologist Report on Teoh’s second autopsy ready by next week

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