The game’s afoot….

The much awaited and nerve-wrecking verdict on the Coroner’s Inquest for the sudden death of Teoh Beng Hock on 6 July 2009. Magistrate Azmil Muntapha delivered a 20 page inconclusive verdict at Shah Alam Courts Complex this afternoon.

The Star reported:



Published: Wednesday January 5, 2011 MYT 3:31:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 5, 2011 MYT 8:18:30 PM

Teoh Inquest: It’s not suicide, it’s not homicide, Coroner says

By WANI MUTHIAH, NURBAITI HAMDAN and ONG HAN SEAN

“The MACC president promised us an answer. How can you give an open verdict? Is this your answer? I can’t accept this,” Teoh’s sister Lee Lan cried.

KUALA LUMPUR: The death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock was not a suicide and it was not a homicide, Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas ruled on Wednesday.

It is, therefore, an open verdict.

“The neck injury and the suicide note are the crucial evidence.

Teoh Lee Lan (right) crying after learning of the decision of the court. With her are her mother Teng Shuw Hor and father Teoh Leong Hwee.

“Two theories of cause of death were advanced – death by homicide and death by suicide,” he said.

“The handwriting of the suicide note was only similar to the deceased’s. I’m not qiualified to say it’s a suicide note.

“I rule out death of the deceased by suicide as there are unsettled issues in the question of suicide,” he said.

He also ruled out homicide, saying that the inquest had established that Teoh had sustained pre-fall injuries but there was no evidence, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the injuries constributed to death.

To assume third party involvement and direct connection with the pre-fall injury was as good as guesswork with no evidential value, said Azmil Muntapha

He gave out the much-awaited verdict on Wednesday as a huge crowd gathered inside and outside the second floor of the annex building of the court complex.

Teoh’s family were in tears and refused to comment until they spoke to their counsel.

Teoh’s sister Lee Lan cried outside the court room and screamed: “the MACC president promised us an answer.”

“How can you give an open verdict? Is this your answer? I can’t accept this,” she said in Mandarin and Malay.

The situation was chaotic as pressmen jostled to take photos and get comments.

A large group of supporters held up banners outside court complex demanding a Commission of Inquiry.

Teoh, 30, political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16 2009 on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after he had given a statement at the office of the Selangor branch of the commission on the 14th floor of the same building.

The Attorney-general’s office directed the inquest to be held since Teoh’s death raised questions of whether it was suicide or homicide.

It was widely reported that he had died hours after being questioned by the commission on alleged misuse of Selangor government allocations.

The inquest, scheduled to be completed within a month, dragged on until Nov 4 last year.

Thirty-seven witnesses testified, including well-known Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand.

Dr Pornthip, who was invited by the Selangor government, raised controversy when she claimed that Teoh could have been murdered, leading to his body being exhumed for a second post-mortem.

However, when the court was expected to hear her expert view after the second autopsy, Pornthip caused further uproar when she alleged that she had been warned been threatened and warned not to attend the inquest.

Appearing in court again on Aug 18, she said the second post-mortem indicated that Teoh was not assaulted or tortured, but maintained that his death was not a suicide.

British forensics expert Professor Dr Peter Vanezis, engaged by the anti-corruption commission, testified that Teoh was not unconscious when he plunged to his death.

Dr Vanezis said the distribution of injuries indicated that Teoh was fully conscious and orientated at the time.

He also had testified that the second post-mortem, which was supervised by him, revealed that none of the injuries showed that he was killed by other means or thrown out of the window.

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The DAP lawyers who are acting on behalf of the Teoh family announced that they will appeal this verdict at the Shah Alam High Court. That would be the ‘official’ stance.

The truth is far different. They had intended to capitalise what ever the outcome of this Coroner’s Inquest for the narrow sordid politics and of course pound on their ever consistent of ‘politics of hatred’ and ‘demonising the authorities’. The fact that they already all set to do come-what-may, with prepared banner to demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry shows it all.

Come-what-may, the DAP already prepared this banner. Means they were ready the politicize the verdict regardless the outcome

The prepared banner proves the point that DAP was all ready to politicize the outcome of the inquest. Demanding for a Royal Commission of Inquiry is the SOP for them to legalise the demonising all law enforcement agencies, which happens to be headed and managed by Malay office bearers and officers.

It is very clear that the circus-stunt about Teoh’s death is all about DAP’s strategic ‘demonising the authorities’ agenda, translated via its anti-Malay attitude all along since its inception 45 years ago upon the expulsion of Singapore from the Federation of Malaysia.

Its time to allow the Police have a free range and hands for the comprehensive investigations. No one should be in their way. What ever the needed to see and view for the investigation, let the men and women in blues have it. Allow interviews. All those interviewed should give statements, unconditionally. This is about finding the truth of Teoh’s suddent death and who is exactly responsible. The case should be totally and holistically out of politics. Just as the investigations on the case of Sosilawati Lawiya, his driver, personal lawyer and banker gone missing and presumed dead  in late August 2010.

CID Director Dato’ Seri Mohd. Bakri Zinin and his officers and criminal experts should be allowed the free range to complete their investigations. No two ways about that.

For the rest of us, lets recap what we factually have so far. Our concern is why DAP Selangor Exco Ronnie Liu went frantic looking for Teoh Beng Hock’s handphone and behave like a thug when the deceased’s remains was taken to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang. There is definitely something there.

Will Pakatan Rakyat especially DAP ever allow the case to be investigated without their interference? We seriously doubt that notion. Surreal dramatists would be excited to play the ‘anarchist-via-civil-society’ role.

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  2. A bloody good post, BD.

    Agree with you there is definitely something there that “DAP Selangor Exco Ronnie Liu went frantic looking for Teoh Beng Hock’s handphone and behave like a thug when the deceased’s remains was taken to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang.”

    Remember, he was meeting thugs (“the underworld”) at the premises of the Selangor government offices, according to one PKR ADUN and one PKR MP.

    Maybe DAP top brass realized the liability that Ronnie Liu has been to the party, engineered him out of the Selangor DAP Committee during the last Selangor DAP election. Lim Kit Siang and Guan Eng were reported to be openly supported Theresa Kok at the Convention, not Ronnie Liu, who didn’t get enough votes to be in the 15-member state committee.

    Despite the fact that Ronnie Liu was said to be the collector of “donations” to the party. This fact was also known to those voting delegates at the Convention yet Theresa Kok also did not get high votes and there was a suggestion that LKS twisted the arms of the others to elect Theresa Kok as State DAP Chairman. The Young Turks in DAP appear to be also fed up with the “LKS and LGE dynasty”.

    I support whole heartedly your call for “CID Director Dato’ Seri Mohd. Bakri Zinin and his officers and criminal experts be allowed the free range to complete their investigations.” Not only “be allowed”, they must be given the fullest co-operation by the parties concerned.

    Where there may be reluctance or hindrance, they must
    use the law to the fullest to have this case resolved and MACC to proceed further with their investigations into the alleged DAP Exco misuse of Selangor government financial allocations.


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