Interrogators known for their brutal methods

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  • Friday, 22 Jul 2011

PETALING JAYA: Teoh Beng Hock's interrogators have been known to apply intimidating approaches during interrogation, the RCI report said.

It also said Teoh had to bear the weight of abusive and intense interrogation because he was the vital and sole link between Ean Yong Hian Wah and the contractors and suppliers for the projects and programmes.

“During his interrogation, Teoh had to face MACC interrogation heavyweights like Arman the bully (who would manipulate his witnesses to obtain evidence), Ashraf the abuser (who was Machiavellian in his method to secure evidence) and Hishamuddin the arrogant leader (who would have no qualms in lying as long as his ends were achieved, regardless of the means employed).”

MACC officer Arman Alies had also interrogated Teoh.

The report said despite the habitual denials by the MACC officers-cum-interrogators, it could be safely concluded that their interrogation methods ranged from earnest and intensive questioning to psychological intimidation and physical threats.

“Since this had been their approach, there was no reason to believe that Teoh had received less aggressive treatment as compared with the rest.”

These intense stages of interrogation, the report said, must have created serious doubts in Teoh's mind with regards to his actions in relation to his duties as Ean Yong's political secretary.

“Finding no viable strategies to surmount the hurdle of accusations levelled, he found himself unable to escape from the suffocating quagmire in which he was trapped,” it added.

“Since the window on the 14th floor (of the Selangor MACC office) was either open or could be easily opened and it was conspicuous and easily accessible near where he was on the sofa outside Mohd Nadzri Ibrahim's room, Teoh would have found that the only way for escape from the torment he was undergoing was by jumping out the window, even though it meant taking his own life,” it said.

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