Posts Tagged ‘Inquest

19
Apr
10

Proceedings against Nazri for alleged contempt

Tomorrow’s hearing in the inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock will not feature the much-awaited testimony by Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand.

Instead, a mention date is being fixed for proceedings against Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for alleged contempt of court for calling Pornthip, the director of the Thai Ministry of Justice’s Central Institute of Forensic Science, a “liar”.

Nazri had allegedly labelled Pornthip a liar after she claimed to have come under “political pressure” from Malaysia with regards to her involvement in the inquest.

Several ministers have assured her of her safety if she continues to testify, provided she gives details of those threats so that action can be taken.

Teoh family lawyer, Karpal Singh, filed the motion at the Shah Alam magistrate’s court on Friday, supported by an affidavit by Beng Hock’s brother, Meng Kee.

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16
Apr
10

Why the need for Pornthip?

The fact that Dr Pornthip had to be asked to testify at all is a damning statement on how low the belief is in our justice system. Her presence casts a shadow over the judiciary.

THE controversy surrounding Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand especially the cicumstances surrounding her reluctance to return to testify at the Teoh Beng Hock inquiry is something that does not surprise me.

There are accusations and counter accusation by so many sides – some even defamatory.

However, that is not what I wish to concentrate on here. There is a bigger issue. The question that we should be asking is why did we have to obtain the services of Dr Pornthip in the first place?

True, she is very good at what she does, and it was through her efforts that forensic sciences in Thailand have developed by leaps and bounds.

But she was brought in not just for her expertise but because, frankly, of a lack of faith in the Malaysian justice system.

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16
Apr
10

Nazri Aziz – the Minister of Lies

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz acts tough, talks big and throws his weight around. He thinks he is very smart and knows everything! After all, he is also the minister in charge of parliamentary affairs and the de facto Law Minister.

Those who refuse to tolerate Nazri’s nonsense have to contend with his temper tantrums and theatrics. Apart from his childish threats and taunts, the Minister has become adept through the years with turning and twisting the truth whilst calling others liars.

It was typical of him to accuse Thai pathologist Dr. Pornthip of being a liar: “She lied in the inquest and she is lying now”. Dr. Pornthip has claimed that Putrajaya has exercised “political pressure” which “could affect her work” in Southern Thailand thereby forcing her to pull out from testifying in the on-going Teoh Beng Hock inquest.

It is indeed ironic that the Minister should be so quick to accuse others of lying, for when it comes to telling lies no one has left such an indelible mark on Malaysian politics than Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.

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14
Apr
10

Inquest: Nazri may be cited for contempt

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz may be cited for contempt of court for making a statement that Thai pathologist Dr Porntip Rojanasunan had lied in her testimony at the inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, according to a lawyer of Teoh’s family.

Gobind Singh Deo said on Monday, April 12, that citing Nazri for contempt is something his clients would consider.

“I am not going to rule out the possibility now,” said Gobind. “He has made an allegation. If he does not prove it, then we have to consider taking things further. One is contempt proceedings at the inquest.”

“But let’s take one thing at a time. Let’s give him an opportunity to respond,” Gobind said. “I am interested to know, if he said one of our witnesses is lying then he should come up with proof.”

Speaking to reporters at the parliament lobby, the Puchong MP, said Nazri should not jump to the conclusion that Porntip was lying without conducting an investigation.

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12
Apr
10

Explain Dr Pornthip’s absence

Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s reported pull-out from testifying in Teoh Beng Hock’s inquest next week due to political interference has raised fears among the Teoh family and the DAP that the case is being tampered with at the highest level.

The Selangor government has confirmed the Thai pathologist is not returning when the inquest resumes on April 20 but they want the coroner to agree to testimony via video-conferencing.

“Any effort to impede a fair hearing in the TBH case is an effort to cover up the truth and should be condemned,” Teoh’s younger sister, Lee Lan, said in a text message to The Malaysian Insider.

“The family wants Pornthip to come,” she added.

Several DAP lawmakers also told The Malaysian Insider today that they are worried about the repercussions on the inquest if Dr Pornthip does not show up to testify.

“If she cannot come we’ll be very disappointed,” said Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, who was also Teoh’s boss.

Dr Pornthip, 54, the director-general of Thailand’s Central Institute of Forensic Science, had reportedly pulled out from the ongoing case, claiming she was forced to do so because of “political pressure” from Putrajaya that could affect her work in southern Thailand.

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12
Apr
10

Selangor seeks video testimony for Pornthip

The Selangor government will try to get the Coroner’s court in the Teoh Beng Hock inquest to agree to a video conferencing proposal in a desperate bid to get forensic expert Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand to testify.

The Thai pathologist has pulled out from testifying when the death inquest resumes on April 20, citing “political pressure” from Putrajaya that could affect her work in southern Thailand.

An aide from the Selangor Mentri Besar’s office told The Malaysian Insider today that Pornthip’s withdrawal had caught them by surprise and forced them to meet and discuss ways to have the pathologist testify.

“So far, apart from convincing Pornthip to reconsider, video conferencing is the only option that has popped out,” said the senior aide.

“We will try and convince the judge to agree to this soon,” the aide added.

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02
Mar
10

Beng Hock might have been strangled prior to death

Sungai Buloh hospital chief pathologist Dr Shahidan Md Noor today agreed with lawyers Gobind Singh Deo and Malik Imtiaz Sarwar that it is possible that neck injuries sustained by Teoh Beng Hock might have been caused by strangulation.

He, however, affirmed in court that it was not likely that the strangulation killed him and that his fall was the cause of death.

“He (Dr Shahidan) agreed that the injuries to the front part of the neck might have not been connected to the injuries of the fall. It’s open to argue that it could be a pre-fall injury,” said Malik, who is the lawyer for the Selangor state government.

Teoh, a Selangor government political secretary, was found dead last July 16 at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Selangor office after an overnight interrogation.

Malik explained to reporters that the injuries to the throat muscle could have been caused by choking or strangulation.

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08
Jan
10

“Ear biting” MACC


YOU know someone is in trouble when he starts to play dirty. Take for example the fight between boxing heavyweights Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in 1997.

Tyson knew he was in trouble. So what did he do? He bit Holyfield’s ear. He played dirty.

Which brings me to the MACC and its police report against Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan for supposedly making a sub judice statement to the press.

I have not read the actual press report in question so I would not want to comment whether such a claim has any merit.

My point here is that there are ways and means to deal with a complaint of this sort. The most obvious and fair procedure would be to make a complaint with the inquiry itself. In other words to allow the inquiry process to sort out any problems “in house”.

By making a police report, what the MACC has done in effect is to bring a third party into the mix.

A chief witness now has to not only deal with justifying her findings to the inquiry but also with her possible arrest and interrogation by the police.

Instead of playing fair, the MACC has taken a route which could at the very worst intimidate a witness or at the very least irritate her to the point where she won’t come to the country to take part in the inquiry.

Ear biting is fighting dirty
BRAVE NEW WORLD
January 7, 2010 – the Sta
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There are ways and means to deal with the alleged leak of evidence yet to be tendered to the Teoh Beng Hock inquest. The most obvious and fair procedure would be to make a complaint with the inquiry itself.

YOU know someone is in trouble when he starts to play dirty. Take for example the fight between boxing heavyweights Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in 1997.

Tyson knew he was in trouble. So what did he do? He bit Holyfield’s ear. He played dirty.

Which brings me to the MACC and its police report against Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan for supposedly making a sub judice statement to the press.

I have not read the actual press report in question so I would not want to comment whether such a claim has any merit.

My point here is that there are ways and means to deal with a complaint of this sort. The most obvious and fair procedure would be to make a complaint with the inquiry itself. In other words to allow the inquiry process to sort out any problems “in house”.

By making a police report, what the MACC has done in effect is to bring a third party into the mix.

A chief witness now has to not only deal with justifying her findings to the inquiry but also with her possible arrest and interrogation by the police.

Instead of playing fair, the MACC has taken a route which could at the very worst intimidate a witness or at the very least irritate her to the point where she won’t come to the country to take part in the inquiry.

And even if she did come back to the country to face down her accusers, just how swift would the police be in handling the problems of their fellow government servants?

In other words, the MACC, by making the police report instead of simply lodging a complaint to the inquiry, has put a spanner in the works.

I wonder why? Is it not interested in finding out the truth about Teoh Beng Hock’s death? If it were concerned with justice, then surely it would want the inquiry to continue smoothly and honestly.

Unless of course, it does not view this as an inquiry but some sort of scrap that it has to win at all costs, where it has to ensure that what really happened in Plaza Masalam remains uncovered.

Why it would want this is beyond me, but what is clear is that if it views this inquest as a fight, it is obviously in trouble because it is playing dirty.

23
Oct
09

Beng Hock’s death: RCI must have wide scope and powers

Press Release: Royal Commission must have wide scope and powers
22 October 2009 – Malaysian Bar

The recent testimony of Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand in the inquest into Teoh Beng Hock’s death once again raises serious issues that must be addressed.

The Malaysian Bar reiterates its call for the establishment of a Royal Commission of Enquiry (RCE) with a wide ambit to investigate the circumstances and cause of Teoh’s death and to conduct a concomitant review of the MACC’s interrogation and investigation techniques. These two aspects are intrinsically interlinked and cannot be analysed in isolation from one another.

It is evident now, more than ever, that the scope of the RCE’s investigation must not be limited to reviewing the MACC’s interrogation methods alone, as was proposed by the Government. While this must be a crucial element of the RCE’s terms of reference, it falls far short of what is imperative. The complexities of the case require nothing less than a holistic and inclusive examination of all the relevant facts by the RCE. Under the Criminal Procedure Code, an inquest is restricted in its scope and findings, and would be far less effective than an RCE would be.

Teoh’s death is a matter of immense public interest that warrants the highest level of priority. It is indefensible that a witness in a routine investigation should have been deprived of sleep and interrogated for more than eight hours. Even more inexcusable and unacceptable is that Teoh was denied access to legal counsel during questioning.

We demand that the Government establish an RCE that is empowered to investigate the circumstances of Teoh’s death and to review MACC’s interrogation protocols and investigation techniques.

Ragunath Kesavan
President
Malaysian Bar

22 October 2009

22
Oct
09

Teoh’s dead but his body talks


She used her 27 years of experience from conducting some 10,000 post-mortems, of which more than 100 dealt with fatal falls, to say, matter-of-factly, he was probably murdered.

It isn’t something that most Malaysians haven’t concluded since the DAP political aide was found sprawled on the roof of Plaza Masalam on July 16. And the very reason why the inquest is being conducted.

After all, apart from being engaged by the Selangor government which employed Teoh, Dr Pornthip has no other reason to make her conclusions except in the interest of justice and her medical science.

She went through the same evidence that was collected by two other Malaysian pathologists who had conducted the autopsy on the 30-year-old man and interpreted the results based on her expertise and experience.

And Teoh’s body talked. Of possible strangulation marks, of anal penetration and other graphic bits that the coroner, magistrate Azmil Munthapa Abas, and others saw in the Shah Alam court today.

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