MACC suspends 3 officers who drove Teoh Beng Hock to suicide

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  • Saturday, 23 Jul 2011

PUTRAJAYA: The three Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers said to have driven Teoh Beng Hock to commit suicide have been suspended from their duties.

"Pending the outcome of investigation, all three relevant officers have been suspended or excluded from all investigation operation tasks," said MACC said in a statement Saturday following the release on Thursday of the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

The three named in the report are Negri Sembilan MACC director Hishamuddin Hashim, who was the Selangor MACC deputy director during the incident, and two of his enforcement officers Mohd Anuar Ismail and Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus who were involved in interrogating Teoh.

The commission found that Teoh had been driven to commit suicide by “aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous” interrogation by the three MACC officers.

The commission said that the “unlawful and intimidatory tactics” used "would have had grave consequences upon Teoh's mind and would have been a culminating factor that drove him to suicide.”

MACC has formed a special investigation team led by MACC deputy chief commissioner Zakaria Jaffar (management and professionalism) to carry out an internal probe on the allegations made by the report against the three.

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