Friday, 11 September 2009

Teoh inquest adjourned to Sept 17

The star online

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock was adjourned to Sept 17 to allow time for lawyers representing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to prepare their cross-examination of a witness who has alleged he was tortured.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas granted the request by Datuk Abdul Razak Musa, who is holding a watching brief for the MACC.

Abdul Razak also told the coroner that the MACC was going to file an appeal notice at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya against the Petaling Jaya High Court on Thursday that had dismissed their leave application for a judicial review.

The application that was dismissed sought to prevent “mystery witness” T. Sivanesan, 22, from testifying at the inquest on the grounds that it had no relevance to the inquest and was merely aimed at tarnishing and smearing the MACC’s image.

Sivanesan, an assistant manager with Puncak Rezeki Makmur Sdn Bhd, first took the stand on Wednesday. He claimed then that he was beaten with an iron rod and suffered injuries to his head, kidneys and genital area during an MACC interrogation in September last year.

Abdul Razak filed an application for a judicial review under Section 323 of the Criminal Procedure Code to stop Sivanesan from testifying.

The application also sought to expunge Sivanesan’s testimony together with a police report and a set of photographs of his injuries.

On Thursday, the Petaling Jaya High Court dismissed the application. Justice Datin Yeoh Wee Siam said in her ruling that there was nothing illegal, incorrect or improper with the ruling made by Azmil Muntapha on Tuesday that allowed the testimony.

Gobind Singh Deo, who is representing Teoh’s family in the proceedings, had submitted that the Coroner should be allowed to conduct the inquest the way he sees fit.

In his ruling on Tuesday, Azmil Muntapha said Sivanesan’s testimony was relevant as the alleged torture took place at the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam and the same officers could have been involved in both incidents.

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