Set up royal commission to probe Teoh’s case further, say groups

PETALING JAYA: Various organisations have called for a Royal Com­mission of Inquiry into political aide Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

This follows the Coroner’s Court open verdict in Teoh’s inquest on Wednesday.

The Bar Council, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang called for a Commission to be set up.

“The Bar Council reaffirms its call for the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to continue the search for the truth and go beyond the scope of the inquest,’’ said Malay­sian Bar president K. Ragunath in a press statement.

He said it welcomed the news that the Government is expected to announce the setting up of the Commission shortly.

“The Commission must be given a wide ambit to investigate the circumstances and cause of Teoh’s death and to conduct a concomitant review of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s interrogation and investigation techniques,’’ he said.

Suaram also called for a royal commission to investigate Teoh’s case and also other cases of death in custody.

“Suaram also calls for the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission Act (EAIC) to be implemented without any delay.

“The EAIC Bill was tabled in 2009 and passed as an Act of Parliament by the Dewan Rakyat but it is yet to be enforced,” it said.

Lim, who is also Ipoh Timur MP, said the Commission should be established immediately to probe further into the cause of Teoh’s death following the inquest.

He said the inquest had made two important findings – ruling out suicide as the cause of death and that Teoh suffered a “pre-fall injury”.

Teoh, 30, a political aide, was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after being questioned by the Selangor MACC, which was located on the 14th floor of the building.

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