Teoh's family casts doubts on purported suicide note

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010

PETALING JAYA: The late Teoh Beng Hock's family has claimed that the purported suicide note found in his sling back has "multiple discrepancies" and is in "stark contrast" to his previous documents.

This was revealed by the family's counsel Karpal Singh, who showed the note to the family when he met them on Tuesday for the purpose of engaging a handwriting expert.

"They pointed out to me multiple discrepancies in the handwriting in the note, which mainly includes Chinese characters and some words in English, which are in stark contrast to the handwriting of Teoh Beng Hock, both in Chinese and English, in documents written by him before his untimely and tragic death.

"Even his purported signature is far from his signature on documents he executed before his death.

"I have been handed over the note and these documents with a view to obtaining the services of a handwriting expert, who can give evidence during the inquest," Karpal said in a statement Wednesday.

Karpal also cast doubt on the authenticity of the note, adding that various quarters had doubted its genuineness including Teoh's family. "The fact that the Attorney-General himself had doubts about the note initially brings into sharp focus the necessity of ensuring the note is authentic," he added.

He also criticised the finding of the note two months after Teoh's death, stating that it "did not require a Sherlock Holmes" to carry out a simple and elementary exercise to examine the bag immediately.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16 last year after being summoned to the Selangor MACC office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam the day earlier.

On Monday, the Attorney-General's chambers decided to tender the note as evidence in the inquest into Teoh's death which started last year. The coroner had yet to decide whether the note, which had created an uproar, would be admissible. The inquest had been postponed to Aug 18.

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