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Teoh family: Probe MACC men named in RCI report

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — The family of the late Teoh Beng Hock wants police to act against the MACC officers involved in the death of the political aide.

“We want the police to look into the MACC officers involved in Beng Hock’s death,” DAP national publicity secretary Teo Nie Ching, speaking on the family’s behalf, told reporters today.

She had earlier accompanied Teoh’s sister Lee Lan (picture) who gave her statement today at the Tun HS Lee police station here.

On July 21, a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) had stated in its report that Beng Hock was driven to suicide after being subject to aggressive and relentless interrogation by three MACC officers.

“The RCI report clearly states that (Teoh) was driven to suicide by aggressive interrogation by the MACC officers. We want the police to take action against them,” said Teo.

Teo said the family lodged a police report on October 28, and was only called to give a statement today, “a month later”.

“We hope the police will not wait a month to call us back and say that the statement is just being processed,” she said.

Lee Lan said the family refused to accept the findings made by the RCI.

“The findings by RCI are only theory based, it is not evidence based,” she said, before breaking down.

“Teoh (Beng Hock) had no reason to kill himself, there is no proof. It just doesn’t make sense.”

In September, the Attorney-General’s Chambers withdrew an application for a revision of the open verdict that was returned in the inquest into Beng Hock’s death.

It was filed before the RCI into Beng Hock’s death had been established, and therefore, was no longer required as the commission had delivered its findings, he was quoted as saying.

Beng Hock’s body was found on a landing of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, the MACC’s headquarters at the time, the day after he was interrogated overnight on July 16, 2009.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas had returned an open verdict when the inquest into his death concluded on January 5, ruling that Beng Hock’s death was neither a suicide nor a homicide.

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