Pathologist Pornthip likely to be called as expert witness in Teoh's case

Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand.

KUALA LUMPUR - Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand is expected to be roped in as an expert witness in the civil suit filed by the late Teoh Beng Hock's family against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Government.

Their lead counsel Gobind Singh Deo said they were in the process of calling Dr Pornthip to give evidence in the civil suit.

"We are still making the arrangements. It is still a fresh trial," he after meeting High Court judge Justice Rosnaini Saub in chambers.

He said Teoh's family had filed 11 witness statements for their case while the Attorney-General's Chambers had filed 10 for the hearing.

He said the court had maintained the trial dates from Nov 19 to 21.

Senior Federal Counsel Nur Aqilah Ishak acted for the MACC and the Government.

MACC and the Government are contending that the death of the former political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah was due to his own negligence.

They said Teoh's fiancee Soh Cher Wei had no right to take legal action against them.

In the amended claim filed on Feb 7, plaintiffs Teoh's father Teoh Leong Hwee, mother Teng Shuw Hoi, Soh and Teoh's son Teoh Er Jia filed their first claim on Oct 3 last year for their grief, loss of dependency and negligence on the part of the defendants.

They named the MACC, the Government and 12 others as defendants.

Teoh was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, Selangor, after giving a statement at the MACC Selangor branch office on the 14th floor of the building.

In January 2011, coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas gave an open verdict that Teoh's death was neither a suicide nor a homicide.

In their defence statement, the defendants said Teoh's death was as a result of his own actions.