Friday, 28 August 2009

Teoh Inquest (Day 16): Court hears about police report alleging 'torture' by MACC

The Star online

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock heard of alleged torture of witnesses by MACC officers at the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here.

Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh Beng Hock’s family, told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas on Friday that he had before him police report which detailed how witnesses and suspects were allegedly tortured during interrogation.

He claimed that among the forms of abuse listed in the report were repeated slapping to the face, blindfolding, asking the witness to strip, wrapping a steel rod with a newspaper and using it to hit stomach, arms and legs.

Gobind also told Azmil that he would bring a witness who had been subjected to torture and abuse during interrogation by MACC.

“The witness will identify the MACC officer involved. However, I cannot reveal the name of the witness for now because for security reasons,” he added.

The revelation came about when Gobind was questioning the inquest’s 19th witness - Selangor MACC officer Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus, 25.

For an account of today's inquest, read here

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