Thursday, 27 August 2009

Teoh Inquest Day 15: Mohd Najeib says he didn't hear any shouting that night

The Star online

SHAH ALAM: A Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) assistant enforcement officer told the Teoh Beng Hock inquest he did not hear the sound of people bickering coming from his office toilet in the wee hours of July 16.

Mohd Najeib Ahmad Walad also testified he was at the state MACC office until 2.30am on that day and added the atmosphere there had been calm.

Mohd Najeib’s testimony appeared to contradict his superior officer Mohd Nasir Ismail’s testimony on Wednesday.

Mohd Nasir, who is the investigating officer of the case involving Teoh, had testified his colleague Bulkini Paharudin told him the deceased had had an argument with Kajang Municipal Council councilor Tan Boon Hwa on July 16.

Mohd Nasir had told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that Bulkini had told him the bickering had allegedly taken place in the MACC’s men’s room at 2.00am that day.

When cross-examined by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who’s holding a watching brief for Teohs family, Mohd Najeib said he would have run away if he had heard an
argument taking place.

Mohd Najeib, who was the inquest’s 18th witness, also told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that Teoh had looked uncomfortable and worried when the MACC officers paid Ean Yong’s office an impromptu visit on July 15.

He added that Teoh had also appeared to be troubled when waiting to be questioned at one of the MACC offices lounge areas.

Gobind probed Mohd Najeib on Teoh’s alleged demeanor and asked him how he knew that Teoh appeared to be worried.

From the body language and facial expression, he was uncomfortable with the MACC officers, said Mohd Najeib.

Gobind also quizzed Mohd Najeib over his testimony that Teoh had appeared to be uncomfortable at the MACC office. Continue here...

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