[Malaysian Insider] Open verdict in Teoh inquest
~ By Debra Chong 反贪会官员带我儿子去的，就要负责任！不然我的儿子不会这样子死得不明不白的！ ”赵明福母亲张秀花今日一反少说话的态度，在赵明福妹妹还未冷静说话时，抢先向反贪污委员会呛声，要求反贪会负责任！"(星洲日报推特)
Teoh’s mother (second right) holds a portrait of him outside the Coroner’s Court in Shah Alam, January 5, 2010. — Picture by Choo Choy May
The packed courtroom broke into a collective sigh as coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas delivered his verdict while Teoh’s mother wept uncontrollably.
Azmil also ruled out suicide and homicide even though he raised doubts that Teoh could have exited unaided from the window on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam before falling to his death following overnight interrogation by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers.
Earlier, he said that the likely time of Teoh’s death was approximately between 7.15am and 11.15am on July 16, 2009. This was based on testimony from pathologists.
The coroner said it was clear that Teoh died at the service corridor of the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam.
The cause of death was a result of multiple injuries sustained in his fall, he said.
The coroner also found questionable the handwriting evidence surrounding a note found by police and purportedly written by Teoh.
Despite today’s verdict, Section 339(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code provides that once an inquiry is closed, the Public Prosecutor can still direct the coroner to re-open the inquiry.
Teoh’s family has demanded a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) be set up to directly probe the circumstances surrounding the 30-year-old’s death to find out the real cause — including if he was pressured to jump.
Teoh was political secretary to Selangor state councillor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, at the time of death.
His body was found on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam after he had been questioned overnight by the MACC at its then Selangor headquarters on the 14th floor of the same building.
The anti-graft officers were investigating a claim his boss was misusing state funds.
The police initially classified the case as sudden death; they did not rule out foul play.
A Cabinet minister triggered a public outcry when he suggested that Teoh may have committed suicide, a claim which was denounced by the latter’s family.
Teoh was to have registered his marriage with his then two-month pregnant fiancée, Soh Cher Wei, that same week.
Following the outcry, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak met with the Teohs and Soh on July 28.
The PM assured the family “no stone will be left unturned in finding out the real cause of death and, if there is any foul play, action will definitely be taken”.
Najib said the Cabinet has agreed to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to probe further if the inquest result is not satisfactory.
Taken from The Malaysian Insider.
反贪会官员带我儿子去的，就要负责任！不然我的儿子不会这样子死得不明不白的！ ”赵明福母亲张秀花今日一反少说话的态度，在赵明福妹妹还未冷静说话时，抢先向反贪污委员会呛声，要求反贪会负责任！"(星洲日报推特)SHAH ALAM, Jan 5 — The coroner returned an open verdict today in the inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock two years ago, a decision which means it cannot ascertain how the political aide died.