Cops to reopen Teoh Beng Hock case

Cops to reopen Teoh Beng Hock case
Family members of Teoh Beng Hock outside the Court of Appeal.

KUALA LUMPUR - Bukit Aman will reopen the Teoh Beng Hock case following the Court of Appeal's landmark judgment in setting aside the coroner's open verdict in the inquest on the case.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said the police would take another look at the case, where the initial findings ruled Teoh's death as sudden death.

"If there is a need, we will call more witnesses. We want to investigate if there was a possibility that his death was a result of or was accelerated by persons unknown," he told a press conference at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here yesterday.

He said Bukit Aman had formed a special investigation team led by Deputy Federal CID director Deputy Comm Datuk Amar Singh to look into the matter.

"We will identify other persons of interest in the case.

"We will conduct an indepth study and see whether we need to reclassify the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. For now, it is still premature to make any assumption," he said.

In a related development, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) said it would leave the case to the police and the Attorney-General Chambers.

"We will give our full cooperation," the commission said in a statement.

In a unanimous decision on Friday, the panel held that Teoh's death was caused by multiple injuries from a fall from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam as a result of, or which was accelerated by, an unlawful act or acts of persons unknown, inclusive of MACC officers who were involved in his arrest and investigation.

Court of Appeal judge Justice Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, who chaired a three-man panel, allowed the appeal by Teoh's brother, Meng Kee, against the decision of the Shah Alam High Court which had on Dec 1, 2011 dismissed their application for a revision into Teoh's inquest and upheld a coroner's open verdict.


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