Teoh’s death: ‘Four new leads for police’

By Teoh El Sen, FMT

PETALING JAYA: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang yesterday urged police to re-open investigations into the death of former political aide Teoh Beng Hock based on four new “leads” that the recently released Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report revealed.

Lim, the Ipoh Timor MP, said police should be investigating Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers for perjury based on the report’s finding that named most of the MACC officers as “liars”.

“Apart from two brave and truthful souls from Selangor MACC – Azeem Hafeez Jamaluddin and Azian Umar – the report virtually dismissed the rest as a pack of liars led by (then Selangor MACC deputy director) Hishamuddin Hashim, the “mastermind” of the massive and unjustified operation which resulted in Teoh’s death,” he said.

(Azian and Azeem were lauded as brave in the report as their testimony had supported the finding that MACC officers had been instructed to lie by their superiors.)

Lim said the report’s “most scathing… indictment of the character and testimony” of the officers is “fertile source for the formulation of multiple perjury charges against Hishamuddin and other MACC officers in giving false testimony at the RCI”. Under Section 193 of the Penal Code, this provides for a maximum sentence of seven years jail and fine on conviction.

Lim, speaking at the “Teoh Beng Hock Royal Commission Inquiry Report – Where is the promised truth?” forum last night, challenged Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to arrest and charge Hishamuddin based on the following paragraph in the report:

“The evidence adduced showed that the MACC officers were prepared to go to great lengths to lie. One glaring example is that of Hishamuddin, a very senior officer, who was overall in charge of
operations on that fateful 15th evening and spilling over into the early hours of the morning of the16th. In testimony before us, he was adamant in his stand that he had no knowledge whatsoever that complaints of assault and use of force had been lodged against the officers under his charge with the police. However, his lie was exposed with startling clarity when DSP Kamaruddin Ismail from the Selangor police produced a letter written by Hishamuddin himself in 2008 responding to police inquiries in relation to the complaints of assault and related abuses of power that had been lodged against MACC officers under his command.”

Lim said that based on this paragraph alone, a charge could be framed against Hishamuddin.

‘A pack of liars

He added that the RCI could not have been more condemnatory of Mohd Anuar Ismail, who was appointed investigating officer of the operation by Hishamuddin.

Lim quoted another paragraph from the report, which said:“Anuar lied about the role he played in order to cover up for HH. And on top of these factors, he was a trusted senior officer of Hishamuddin who was prepared to sacrifice himself for Hishamuddin…”

Calling MACC Selangor officers “a pack of liars” (apart from Azeem and Azian), Lim said the RCI report findings meant that “they had lied all the way from the initial police investigations into Teoh’s death to the inquest and the RCI about what happened to Teoh on the fateful days of July 15 and 16, 2009″.