PUTRAJAYA: The three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers singled out for their misconduct over the death of Teoh Beng Hock have been stripped of their investigation duties pending an internal probe.
The MACC has set up a special investigation team led by its Deputy Commissioner (Management and Professionalism) Datuk Zakaria Jaffar which will carry out a follow-up probe following the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry which was made public on Thursday.
“Until the follow-up report is completed, the three officers are stripped of or exempted from any investigation duty,” the MACC said in a statement yesterday.
Negri Sembilan MACC director Hishamuddin Hashim will not resume duties until the outcome of the investigation, while officers Ashraf Yunus and Anuar Ismail will remain at work but without taking on investigation operations.
According to the statement, the outcome of the internal probe would be presented to its Complaints Committee comprising four independent individuals led by former Court of Appeals judge Datuk Noor Abdullah.
The others are former deputy secretary-general in the Prime Minister's Department Muhammmad Noor, former Public Complaints Bureau director-general Datuk Wan Abdul Wahab Abdullah and lawyer V. Ravindran.
“The MACC will not protect its officers who break the law,” the statement said.
It also said the commission would give its full cooperation to the police on the matter, adding that it had taken heed of several suggestions made by the RCI, such as upgrading its CCTV network and setting up video interview rooms at all of its facilities nationwide.
Following the RCI report which stated that Teoh was driven to suicide as a result of intense interrogation methods by the three men, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said they should be taken to court for their actions.
The Bar Council said it concurred in “a number of key points” with the RCI on its findings but disputed that Teoh had committed suicide.
Among others, the council agreed that the alleged suicide note was not written by Teoh, Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said.
“The delay in tendering the suicide note could not be taken as mere carelessness or neglect and therefore the authenticity of the note could not be trusted.”
He also believed that Teoh was subjected to aggressive and unscrupulous interrogation and the recording of his statement was unlawful.
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