Ramkarpal: AGC has ordered further investigation into Teoh Beng Hock's death

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  • Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018

PETALING JAYA: The Attorney General's Chambers has asked the police to carry out further investigations into the death of Teoh Beng Hock, says Ramkarpal Singh (pic).

The Bukit Gelugor MP said that the AGC had written a letter dated July 17 (Tuesday) to Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, making the request.

Ramkarpal, who is the lawyer for Teoh's family through the firm Messrs Karpal Singh & Co, had written to the AGC on July 6 to enquire if Teoh's death would be investigated further.

"The above is a positive development in the matter and hope that such investigations reveal those responsible for Teoh's death, especially since the Court of Appeal has made a finding that there were others involved in the same case," Ramkarpal said in a statement on Wednesday (July 18).

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 office on the 14th floor of the building.

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

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

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

However, in Sept 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 MACC officers involved in his arrest and the investigation.

It also directed the IGP and AGC to reopen the investigation into Teoh's death.

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