PETALING JAYA: The Attorney General's decision on July 16 to re-investigate the case of Teoh Beng Hock under Section 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Penal Code is worrying, say Teoh's family and the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy.
They said in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 19) that they were seeking a meeting with Inspector-General of police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador over the matter.
According to them, the reclassification of the case under Section 342 meant that police investigation from June 2018 to July 2019 had been in vain.
"To put it bluntly, the police failed to establish criminal evidence in accordance with the ruling of the Court of Appeal on Sept 5, 2014, which clearly stated one or more unknown persons caused the death of Teoh.
"The investigation process is non-transparent, the police never responded to our calls that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers must be summoned and interrogated," they said.
They added that the opinion of Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin, who referred to the case as "sudden death", was consistent with police's position that there were no criminal elements in Teoh's death.
"It is absolutely unneutral to classify the case as sudden death as the police are tasked to probe the ruling of the Court of Appeal, including the cause of injury on Teoh’s neck," they said.
They said it was worrying to know that police would use Section 342 to probe the case despite at least two police reports having been lodged over Teoh's death – one by Teoh's sister Lee Lan and another by the Teoh Beng Hock Trust, which urged that 10 MACC officers be investigated for murder or homicide.
"We hope the IGP will be meeting us as soon as possible for a comprehensive briefing of the case.
"As a top-ranking police officer who was unfairly punished in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal and has made a remarkable comeback, the IGP – we hope – will continue to defend the rule of law and bring the perpetrators in Teoh’s case to justice," they said.
They added that Teoh's death underscores the failure of democratic institutions in Malaysia, and as such, ensuring justice for Teoh would be the first step in regaining public confidence in the police.
On Monday (Nov 18), police set up a special task force involving the Selangor Criminal Investigation Department and Bukit Aman to investigate Teoh's death.
This followed the order by the Attorney General on July 16 that the sudden death case be investigated under Section 342 of the Penal Code (wrongful detention).
Teoh, who was the political aide to then Selangor Executive Councillor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam several hours after he was interrogated by Selangor MACC at its office on the 14th floor of the same building on July 16, 2009.
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