Beng Hock’s case: MACC trio cleared

Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz reveals that the AG found that the trio did not commit any offence in relation to the death of the DAP man.

(Free Malaysia Today) – The Attorney-General’s Chambers has cleared the Malaysian Anti-Corruption (MACC) trio implicated in causing the death of Selangor political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

In a written reply to Gopeng and Serdang MPs Lee Boon Chye and Teo Nie Ching respectively, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said the AG found that the MACC officers had not committed any offence under the Penal Code or the MACC Act.

“Therefore, no action was taken against them,” he added.

Last year, a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate Teoh’s death in 2009 had named Selangor MACC deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim and his subordinates Mohd Anuar Ismail and Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus as being responsible for the aide’s death.

The report said Teoh decided to take his own life after being interrogated in an aggressive, oppressive and relentless manner during his detention at Plaza Masalam in July 2009.

Nazri, however, said that a special investigation unit set up by MACC to probe the matter found the trio only guilty of a discplinary misconduct.

“Therefore, the only action that can be taken against them is discplinary action for not monitoring the witness during interrogation,” he added.

MP: It’s a travesty of justice

He also said the AG Chambers had instructed MACC to revamp its standard operating procedure in order to meet the provisions under the Federal Constitution.

“The AG also instructed MACC to implement the recommendations made by the RCI and international laws,” he added.

Speaking at a press conference later, Teo described the AG’s decision as a grave travesty of justice and mockery of the RCI proceedings.

“A life was lost and the RCI clearly stated that the trio used excessive force on Teoh,” she said.

She pointed out that there were provisions under Sections 304 and 304A of the Penal Code to prosecute the trio for culpable homicide, not amounting to murder and causing death by negligence.

“But instead of being punished, Hishamuddin was promoted to the post of Negeri Sembilan MACC director,” she said.