Abu Kassim: Officers implicated in Teoh’s death will face music

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  • Thursday, 28 Jun 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is to act against the three officers implicated in the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed said the action to be meted out would be based on the findings of the special team set up to investigate aggressive interrogation and intimidation by the officers.

“I will recommend the action to be taken, but the complaints committee will make the final decision,” Abu Kassim told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

However, he did not say what action he would propose or when he would meet the committee.

Teoh was found dead in a landing area at MACC's Selangor office in Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam on July 16, 2009. He was 30 years old.

A report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) implicated Selangor MACC deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim and his officers Mohamad Anuar Ismail and Ashraf Mohd Yunus who were suspended from duty after the RCI report was released on July 21 last year.

The report said Teoh was driven to commit suicide by “aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous interrogation” by the three officers.

Last April, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat that the Attorney-General's Chambers had found that the three officers had not committed any criminal offence under the Penal Code or the MACC Act.

The suspension of the trio was lifted the same month and they were moved from the MACC office in Selangor and stationed elsewhere.

MACC nonetheless continued to investigate the three whom the RCI report had condemned for the treatment of Teoh, the political aide to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.

The RCI consisted of Federal Court judge Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen, former Federal Court judge Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Selventhiranathan Thiagarajah, Penang Hospital forensic pathologist Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh and psychiatry forensic consultant Prof Dr Mohamed Hatta Shaharom, who is also dean of the Medical Faculty, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences.

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