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Teoh family rejects RCI verdict

Teoh’s parents along with leaders from his DAP party at the one year anniversary of his death at the Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur July 16, 2010. — Picture by Jack Ooi Teoh’s parents along with leaders from his DAP party at the one year anniversary of his death at the Chinese Assembly Hall, Kuala Lumpur July 16, 2010. — Picture by Jack Ooi

 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 21 — The family of Teoh Beng Hock may request a judicial review of the suicide verdict delivered by the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into the former DAP aide’s death.

“The verdict of suicide is unacceptable to the family,” Teoh family lawyer Karpal Singh told reporters at his office here.

“The RCI is an inferior tribunal in law and any decision made by an inferior tribunal is reviewable by the High Court.”

Karpal, who is also DAP chairman, said he is studying the RCI report “line by line” to decide on the next course of action, which will be made known early next week.

He added that there was no question of regret on the part of Teoh’s family, who pulled out of the RCI, as they felt the commission should not have been set up in the face of the ongoing High Court revision of the coroner’s inquest.

The royal commission ruled today that Teoh committed suicide as a result of pressure from continuous and aggressive questioning by MACC officers.

Teoh Lee Lan, Teoh’s sister holds up the report during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur July 21 2011. — Picture by Choo Choy May Teoh Lee Lan, Teoh’s sister holds up the report during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur July 21 2011. — Picture by Choo Choy May The officers had wanted to pressure Teoh to be a witness in their case against his boss, Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, for alleged abuse of public funds.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz disclosed the finding today which he said was unanimous.

The royal commission also found three MACC officers to have breached standard operating procedures and recommended that action be taken specifically against them.

Nazri told reporters the government would leave it to the police to take the necessary action against the three MACC officers.

But Karpal said today he could not think of any action that could be taken against the three other than disciplinary action.

Fellow Teoh family lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, however, added that they were working to find a section of law that could be extended to cover the actions of the officers in question.

 

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