[The Malaysian Insider] Thai government wants written safeguard for Dr Pornthip
~ By Debra Chong
SHAH ALAM, April 26 — The Thai government wants a written assurance from Malaysia’s Home Affairs Ministry before it will allow its forensic expert Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand to testify in the ongoing inquest for Teoh Beng Hock.
Lawyer for the Selangor state government which had engaged the flashy Thai pathologist, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, told the coroner’s court that the Thai Ministry of Justice had asked his client to secure a written guarantee letter last week but had yet to receive a reply from the Federal government.
He added that Dr Pornthip (picture) would not be allowed to return to the witness box to until then.
Dr Pornthip, a Thai civil servant, is the director-general of the Bangkok-based Central Institute for Forensic Science (CIFS) under the Thai justice ministry.
The ongoing inquest had taken a twist when she suggested that foul play may have led to the death of the 30-year-old political secretary to a DAP state executive councillor.
He had been interrogated overnight prior to his death.
Teoh was found dead on a fifth-floor landing at Plaza Masalam, nine floors below the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) state offices here on July 16 last year.
Dr Pornthip had later testified in court that Teoh’s death was “80 per cent homicide”, leading the coroner to order his remains exhumed for a second autopsy late last November.
She caused a huge controversy recently when she claimed to have been pressured by high-ranking officials from the Malaysian government to withdraw from testifying in the ongoing inquest.
She was due to return to the coroner’s court last week to give her second report on Teoh’s death but failed to show up.
Taken from The Malaysian Insider.