KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court has set three days from Nov 19 to hear the civil suit filed by the family of Teoh Beng Hock against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Government.
The suit is set to be heard before Justice Rosnaini Saub if there is no settlement between the parties.
Senior Federal Counsel Azizan Md Arshad, who acted for the defendants, said the judge had ordered the parties to exchange witness statements for trial and set Oct 21 for case management.
"The judge has also asked us to work out a settlement if possible," he told reporters yesterday.
The MACC and the Government are contending that Teoh's death was due to his own negligence.
They said that Teoh's fiancee Soh Cher Wei had no right to take legal action against them.
In the amended claim filed on Feb 7, Teoh's father Leong Hwee, mother Teng Shuw Hoi, Soh and his son Teoh Er Jia have been named as plaintiffs.
The four have named the MACC, Government and 12 others as defendants.
Teoh, who was the 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 MACC Selangor branch on the 14th floor of the building.
In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed that the MACC had failed to give an explanation on how Teoh was found dead at the place.
They said that MACC officers had also wrongly attacked Teoh, causing him fear, torment, extreme distress and apprehension of immediate physical violence.
They are seeking damages for loss of dependency, sadness, negligence, costs and relief deemed fit by the court.
In January 2011, coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas had delivered an open verdict that Teoh's death was neither a suicide nor a homicide.