Guan Eng: Fresh investigation needed for Teoh Beng Hock's case

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  • Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018

– Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Guan Eng (pic) says there is a need for a fresh investigation into the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

"We have asked for the reinvestigation into the death of Teoh Beng Hock to seek justice for the family," said the DAP secretary-general at a press conference at the party headquarters near here on Wednesday (June 20).

Lim, who is also Finance Minister, said they would have to consult the Attorney General first.

"There is an obvious need to determine the cause of death and to ensure that justice can be done.

The cabinet's decision is to endorse for the investigations to be re-opened," he said.

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang and organising secretary Anthony Loke were also present at the press conference.

Also seen was his younger sister Teoh Lee Lan.

Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after giving a statement at the Selangor MACC's office on the 14th floor of the building.

Then an aide to Selangor assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, Teoh fell to his death after he was taken in for questioning over a corruption probe.

Magistrate cum coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas had given an "open verdict" on Jan 5, 2011, that the death of the political aide was neither a suicide nor was it a homicide.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report concluded in July 2011 that Teoh was driven to commit suicide and blamed intensive interrogation by three MACC officers.

However, in September 2014, the Court of Appeal ruled that the "open verdict" was wrong.

The panel held that Teoh's death by falling was caused as a result of, or accelerated by, acts by persons unknown, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers involved in his arrest and the investigation.

It had also directed the Inspector-General of Police and Attorney-General's Chambers to reopen the investigation into Teoh's death.

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