KUALA LUMPUR: The family of the late Teoh Beng Hock has failed in a bid to challenge the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that Teoh's death was due to suicide.
High Court Judge Datuk Rohana Yusuf dismissed the family's leave application for a judicial review to nullify the RCI's findings on Tuesday, saying that the High Court was bound by the Federal Court's ruling in the Datuk V.K.Lingam's video clip case on Sept 13 .
The Apex court had ruled in the Lingam case that the RCI's findings were not reviewable.
“The leave application was therefore dismissed,” Gobind Singh Deo, representing Teoh's family, told reporters after the proceedings in chambers on Tuesday.
On Aug 24, Beng Hock's elder brother, Meng Kee, filed the application, naming the commission's chairman Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen, former Federal Court judge Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, former Appeal Court judge Datuk T. S. Nathan, Penang Hospital's forensic pathology consultant Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh and Dean of Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences and consultant forensic psychiatrist Prof Dr Mohamed Hatta Shaharom as the respondents.
Teoh, 30, the political secretary to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, Selangor, on July 16, 2009, after giving a statement at the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office located on the 14th floor of the same building.
The RCI in its report, made public on July 21, held that the political aide was driven to suicide following an aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous interrogation session.
It also found that MACC officers had no intention and reason to kill Teoh, and that they had only questioned him to obtain a confession so that Teoh could become a witness in the case of alleged irregularities involving Ean.
Meng Kee had said in his affidavit that the RCI members had no knowledge or direct evidence about what happened to Teoh.
Therefore, he said that the verdict contravened the law, invalid, irrational and unreasonable.
The RCI was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Jan 26 to establish the cause of Teoh's death after the inquest into the case had earlier returned an open verdict. - Bernama
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