No action against trio behind Teoh’s death

The Attorney-General is not pursuing legal action against the three MACC officers for lack of evidence.

(Free Malaysia Today) – No legal action will be taken against the three anti-graft officers held responsible for Teoh Beng Hock’s suicide given the lack of investigative evidence, Parliament was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister Department Nazri Aziz said the Attorney-General “was not compelled” to pursue the case but will do so if new evidence surfaces.

“The AG is not pursuing legal action against the anti-graft officers who drove Teoh to suicide because there was a lack of investigative evidence and witness accounts,” Nazri said in his winding-up speech on the 2012 Budget debate.

He was responding to Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong), the lawyer representing Teoh’s family who wanted to know if action would be taken against the three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers.

Teoh, the political aide to Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16, 2009 on the fifth-floor corridor of Selangor MACC’s office in Shah Alam after overnight questioning.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry, set up after a coroner’s court gave an open verdict, found excessive aggression in interrogation methods had caused Teoh to commit suicide.

Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar had said that there are no laws to charge the three with while the MACC said it will deal with them internally by setting up a special investigative team.