KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9, 2014:
Lawyer and Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AG) should direct the immediate arrest of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers implicated in the Teoh Beng Hock case without further excuse.
Gobind, who is presenting Teoh’s family, said the Court of Appeal in a strong judgment last Friday had made it clear that Teoh’s death was caused by persons unknown, including officers of the MACC who were involved in his arrest. “Surely the findings of the court in itself, including references to pre-fall injuries, justify arrests and applications for remand in furtherance of investigations of those concerned. “So they should tell us, have there been any action or arrests until now and if not, why not?” Gobind said in a statement today.
In a landmark judgement on Sept 5, the Court of Appeal overturned the open verdict in Teoh’s death caused by his fall from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam, where the MACC office was located at that time.
The Court held that there were ample direct evidences that his death was caused by a person or persons unknown and ruled out that Teoh committed suicide.
Gobind said it has been more than five years since the death of Teoh and the AG should know that delays in any criminal trial would impact the quality of evidence which would be led in court.
He said the AG, instead of stating that suspicion however strong is not enough to support a conviction, should let a court decide whether or not the evidence, in particular the circumstantial evidence in this case, is sufficient to support a conviction.
Teoh’s sister Lee Lan lodged a police report at the Shah Alam district police headquarters this afternoon to reopen investigations into the former DAP political aide’s murder.