Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Royal Commission to commence only after Inquest on Teoh's death is completed: Najib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has again stressed that the Royal Commission of Inquiry to study the interrogation methods of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would only begin its work after the inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock is completed.

He said today the inquest into Teoh's death was still going on and all quarters must wait for the findings of the inquest.

"We have to go through the inquest first as it will identify the causes of (Teoh's) death, and after that the Royal Commission of Inquiry will look at the MACC's procedures and take into consideration the findings of the inquest. The sequence has to be right; the inquest first," he told reporters in Pekan.

Najib was asked on the latest developments on the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Recently, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said the members of the Royal Commission would be announced soon.

The prime minister had on July 22 stated that a Royal Commission of Inquiry would be set up to investigate the interrogation methods used by MACC when they interrogated the late Teoh.

Teoh, 30, was found dead on the 5th floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after he gave his statement as a witness to the Selangor MACC on the 14th floor of the building.

The investigation by MACC was into the alleged misuse of state allocations by a number of Selangor state executive councillors and assemblymen. (source Bernama)

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