Probe MACC trio for culpable homicide, PKR tells cops


By Debra Chong, The Malaysian Insider

PETALING JAYA, July 26 — PKR pushed the police today to renew their investigations into three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers linked to Teoh Beng Hock’s death under the Penal Code.

The party’s communications chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad named the trio as Hishammuddin Hashim, Mohamad Anuar Ismail and Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.

“Actually, they could be investigated under sections 304 and 304A of the Penal Code which is culpable homicide and be jailed up to 20 years,” he highlighted to reporters today.

The Selangor state lawmaker noted the cops had already rejected initiating criminal investigations into the three graftbusters and chose instead to pass the responsibility back to the MACC, which has chosen to suspend the trio pending a domestic inquiry.

“Seeing as how this issue has been repeatedly raised, it is clear that an internal inquiry is not the solution,” he said, adding: “As the English say ‘who will guard the guards?’”

Nik Nazmi made the call today while pushing for Putrajaya to form another royal panel to look into the death of senior Customs officer Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed, who was the second person — after Teoh — to die while in MACC custody.

He noted that Teoh’s RCI had taken a long time to set up and only because there was great political pressure following an open verdict in a coroner’s inquiry, forcing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to agree to it.

Teoh, a DAP political aide, was found dead on July 16, 2009 on the fifth-floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after he was questioned overnight by MACC officers at their then-Selangor headquarters on the 14th floor. He was 30 years old.

“The Teoh Beng Hock Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report has only strengthened the case for a free and independent investigation into the death of Sarbaini,” said Nik Nazmi, the Seri Setia assemblyman.