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Saturday, January 2, 2010

MACC lodges report against Pornthip

Sat, Jan 2, 2010 | SHAH ALAM: 

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has filed a police report against Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand (picture) over her statement about the possibility that Teoh Beng Hock was murdered.

MACC officer Raub Ghani, who made the report in Shah Alam this morning, claimed Pornthip had leaked the contents of her autopsy report to “irrelevant parties” and was thus in contempt of court.

On Tuesday, the National Justice Party-owned Suara Keadilan quoted unnamed sources as saying that Pornthip had given her report to the relevant authorities, including the Teoh family, on Beng Hock’s second post mortem, conducted at the Sungei Buloh Hospital last November.

Suara quoted its sources as saying that Pornthip had gathered enough forensic evidence to adduce that Teoh was a victim of foul play.

The inquest into his death is set to resume next Thursday.

Teoh was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah and a senior member of DAP, which is part of the Selangor coalition government.

His body was found in the compound of the Selangor MACC office in Shah Alam after he had been interrogated by the commission’s officers, reportedly until the wee hours of July 16, 2009.

The probe is said to be linked to alleged misappropriation of about RM2,400 in state funds allocated to Ean’s office.

Teoh died on the same day he was to marry his fiancee, who was then three months pregnant.

His death is widely blamed on MACC’s investigation methods, with several witnesses claiming they were roughed up and verbally abused by the commission officers during investigations.

Opposition leaders also see Teoh as a victim of an alleged Barisan Nasional conspiracy to undermine and weaken the state government by “unleashing” the MACC on opposition leaders with trumped-up charges of misusing state funds.

Both the MACC and the BN deny the allegations.