Video clip of Teoh’s ‘torture’ a hoax, says IGP

By Sira Habibu, The Star

Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin is in trouble again because a video clip allegedly showing “Teoh Beng Hock” being tortured has appeared on his blog long before Teoh’s death.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the same video clip that appeared on Raja Petra’s blog claiming police brutality has been renamed “Teoh Beng Hock tortured to death” on YouTube.

“We will take action against Raja Petra for slander and instigation.

“We are also getting the Multi-media Commission to trace who renamed the video clip to spread lies that Teoh was tortured prior to his death.

“The person on the video clip is certainly not Teoh,” he said, adding that stern action would be taken against the perpetrators.

He said this in response to a 5.09-minute video clip showing a man being tormented by several people, including men wearing guard’s uniforms.

“Those in the video clip are guards. We have been investigating the video ever since Raja Petra uploaded it on his blog, claiming police brutality months ago.

“Now, the same clip has re-appeared in YouTube implicating MACC (Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission),” he said.

MACC has lodged a police report over the video clip falsely implicating the institution.

Musa said the same video clip was given different titles to suit the culprits’ intentions.

A check on YouTube showed that the same video clip that appeared two months ago under the title “Alleged Rapist in Malaysia Ruthlessly Beaten by Cops in Jail” was renamed “Teoh Beng Hock Tortured to Death” about two days ago.

Other titles given to the same clip are “The Death of Mr Teoh Beng Huat”, “Malaysian Police Brutality – Beating Up Suspect in Custody”, “Death of Teoh Beng Huat: A Mystery Waiting to be Solved”, and “Teoh Beng Huat Hit by People”.

Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16 on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam hours after giving statements to MACC on the 14th floor.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was said to be a key witness to alleged abuse of constituency development fund by several Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen.