Anwar: Dr Pornthip’s testimony very grave

The explosive testimony by Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest today was not surprising but nevertheless grave, said Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar said that Pornthip’s statement that there was an 80 percent probability that Teoh’s death was homicide and 20 percent that he took his own life was startling.

“Although the revelations were not surprising as I was suspicious of statements from the other pathologists, I did not think it would be as bad as this,” he said.

Anwar, who is also the Permatang Pauh PKR parliamentarian, said: “I hope the responsible parties, including the judge will decide justly. The testimony of Pornthip cannot be taken lightly because she is a leading forensics expert in the region.”

NONEAt the inquest today, Pornthip said that Teoh could have been strangled before his fatal fall from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam as there were marks around Teoh’s neck that indicated such a possibility.

Furthermore, she pointed out that Teoh’s skull fracture was not typical of an injury from a fall.

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