Teoh Beng Hock's family today lodged a police report to compel investigations on individuals implicated by the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the political aide's death.
Gobind Singh Deo, counsel for Teoh's family, said this is in response to de facto Law Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz statement in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday.
Gobind lamented that the police report is a step back because a police report had already been made when Beng Hock died two years ago He pointed out there had been many rounds of investigations since, and the only thing left to do is to decide whether to bring forth criminal charges.
"If we are going to charge, then charge. If not, tell the family why is it we are not going charge despite having findings by the RCI, which clearly suggest there has been criminal wrongdoing," he said.
Speaking to reporters before lodging the report at Tun HS Lee police station, Gobind questioned whether the attorney-general had no confidence in convicting those implicated based on the RCI's findings.
"Does it mean that ultimately, even the RCI report does not inspire confidence? (Nevertheless) if the minister requires us to lodge a report so that action could be taken, then so be it," he said.
Cops can launch probe on its own
Lamenting that the family's patience had been abused, Beng Hock's sister, Lee Lan said she hopes Nazri would respond in Parliament by Monday.
"Does Nazri really believe in the RCI report? They conclude without evidence that Beng Hock committed suicide.
"But the RCI said there was evidence that the interrogators abused their powers, but there is no action thus far," said Lee Lan (left), while choking back her tears.
Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching, who was also present, pointed out that there had been precedents to show that the police had the authority to initiate investigations by themselves.As an example, Teo cited how the Selangor police had lodged a report on its own against DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, accusing him of claiming that Beng Hock was murdered during the Pakatan convention in December 19, 2009.
Following this, Selangor DAP chief Ean Yong Hian Wah issued a public statement stating that the police's investigations were compromised by politics, resulting in the police initiating a second probe for allegedly threatening the police.
Teoh was found dead on July 16, 2009 at the fifth floor landing of Plaza Masalam, which houses the Selangor MACC's office on the 14th floor. On July 21, the RCI concluded that Teoh was driven to suicide by four rounds of aggressive interrogation that breached procedures.
In view of this, the RCI recommended that criminal action be taken against Hishammuddin, investigating officer Mohd Anuar Ismail and officer Mohd Ashraf Yunus.
When the report was released, Nazri had promised that “appropriate action” would be taken against the trio. Another two MACC officers, Bulkini Paharuddin and Raymond Nion were also implicated in perjury and their statments were rejected by the RCI.
However, Nazri told the Dewan Rakyat on Monday that although the MACC had investigated internally, the AG was not performing criminal investigations because no police report was lodged.
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