Teoh family to challenge inquest verdict

By Debra Chong, The Malaysian Insider

SHAH ALAM, Jan 5 – Lawyers for Teoh Beng Hock’s family and the Selangor government said today they were dissastisfied with the coroner’s open verdict and will challenge it in the High Court here.

Karpal Singh and his son, Gobind Singh Deo, who are representing the Teohs, said they would be filing a motion to revise the verdict “as soon as possible” but did not give a date.

Both lawyers said there was no time limit.

The lawyers added the challenge would not affect the family’s request for a royal commission of inquiry to look deeper into Teoh’s death.

Gobind said they would have to study the documents for the grounds they wanted to revise.

The younger lawyer pointed out that the coroner had made a remarkable finding that Teoh had suffered from pre-fall injuries, despite adding there was not enough evidence to conclude the injuries contributed directly to death.

“At the beginning of the inquest, the position the MACC took was that there was no harm or force used on Teoh Beng Hock when he was taken in as a witness.

“I think every Malaysian wants to know, how did he come by those injuries?

“Nobody is going to sit back and say, ‘These things happen’,” Gobind said.