Handwriting expert weighed

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  • Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010

KLANG: Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo said he is considering getting a handwriting expert to analyse the writing in a purported suicide note written by Teoh Beng Hock.

This was one of the options that the late Teoh’s family was exploring following the Attorney-General’s Chambers statement on Monday that a “suicide note” was found inside Teoh’s sling bag more than two months after his death in July last year.

“I don’t want to comment because I don’t want to compromise my position,” he told The Star.

Gobind said there were several possible theories why the A-G’s Chambers had withheld evidence from the inquest.

“These theories will be put forward in the inquest,” he said when contacted, adding that the note allegedly found in Teoh’s sling bag must also be authenticated first.

“This is of primary importance at the moment and we will have to look into this first,” said Gobind.

Gobind also said that the latest development had taken a heavy toll on the inquest.

“Personally, I think the damage done by this late revelation is irreparable,” he said.

The circumstances in which the existence of the note was revealed have to be probed and the manner in which the purported new evidence was introduced was unfair, he said.

“The least you can expect from the DPP is a sense of fair play. This is a serious matter dealing with emotions and family members. It’s unfortunate for something like this to have happened at the tail end of the inquest.

“Conduct like this by a member of the Bar can actually result in expulsion. But who can initiate action against the A-G and his men?” asked Gobind.

The inquest, which began on July 29 last year, had been set to resume on Monday but came to a screeching halt when counsel assisting the Government Tan Hock Chuan informed the lawyers that a document purportedly found in Teoh’s sling bag would be tendered as evidence.

Investigating officer ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal found the note in October last year – more than two months after Teoh was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam which housed the Selangor MACC office in Shah Alam on July 16.

This had caught the counsel representing Teoh’s family and the Selangor state government by surprise.

The A-G’s Chambers is now under heavy criticism for allegedly withholding crucial evidence and tendering it so late into the inquest.

Renowned Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand is scheduled to testify when the inquest resumes on Aug 18.

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