Thursday, 13 August 2009

Teoh Death Inquest: Day 7 - He may have been dragged

Teoh Might Have Been Dragged, Says Witness (bernama)

Political aide Teoh Beng Hock might have been dragged before he was found sprawled face down on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam in July.

Investigating officer Chief Inspector Mazli Jusoh, 31, from the Selangor police headquarters' forensic branch, told the inquest into Teoh's death on Thursday that he did not dismiss that possibility after he was shown the friction marks on the sole of Teoh's right shoe found at the scene of the incident.

Mazli agreed with the suggestion of lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who is holding a watching brief for the Selangor government, that the friction marks had an important implication.

Malik asked again: Is it possible that the deceased could have been dragged?

Mazli: No, because normally, if a person is being dragged from behind, he would resist with his heels.

Malik: If he was dragged from the side?

Mazli: Yes.

Mazli then explained to coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that the friction marks that exposed a piece of cloth stuck to the shoe sole was not a foreign material but was part of the shoe itself and could not be removed.

However, he admitted that he did not check the friction marks, but he did inspect the scene of the incident and found nothing that matched the material glued to the shoe.

The inquest continues tomorrow. ( Full Bernama report here )

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