Family wants body exhumed

KLANG: The family of political aide Teoh Beng Hock has filed an application at the Shah Alam Coroner’s court for permission to exhume his remains for a second autopsy.

His younger sister Teoh Lee Lan said the family decided to seek the order in order to get to the truth.

She said the family believed exhuming his remains would help validate Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s expert opinion.

Truth at all cost: Meng Kee (front) and Lee Lan leaving the Shah Alam Coroner’s court yesterday after filing an application for Teoh’s remains to be exhumed.

Dr Pornthip had testified last week at the inquest into Teoh’s death that she believed there was an 80% chance his death was due to homicide, and not due to suicide as argued by two experts appointed by the Government.

“We want a second post-mortem to strengthen Dr Pornthip’s opinion,” said Lee Lan yesterday.

She said she and her eldest brother Meng Kee filed the application accompanied by their Gobind Singh Deo.

Dr Pornthip, who is the director-general of the Thai Ministry of Justice’s Central Institute of Forensic Science, had told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that she was willing to conduct a second post-mortem on Teoh’s remains.

She had added that she would be able to come up with a more concise and detailed analysis if she could examine the remains.

Dr Pornthip, who was engaged by the Selangor state government to give her expert opinion at the inquest into Teoh’s death, had said the wound in Teoh’s anal region appeared as if something had been shoved up his anus.

She had said that he may have also been strangled given the finger marks around his neck.

When questioned by Gobind at the inquest last week, Dr Pornthip said she would still be able to conduct the post-mortem although the body had been buried almost four months ago.

Meanwhile, Lee Lan said the family would fix a date to offer prayers at Teoh’s grave in Semenyih pending exhumation once they obtain the court order.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, had been summoned to the state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here for questioning on July 15.

He was found dead at the building’s fifth floor the following day.

After filing application, Gobind said they had requested for early date, adding that it would be heard before inquest resumes on Nov 9.

BENG HOCK’S BODY TO BE EXHUMED

Bernama

Bernama – Wednesday, October 28

SHAH ALAM, Oct 27 (Bernama) — The family of Teoh Beng Hock today filed an application in the Magistrate’s Court here seeking an order for the political aide’s remains to be exhumed so that a second post-mortem can be conducted.

The application, which was accompanied with a sworn affidavit the deceased’s elder brother, Teoh Meng Kee, was filed through the family’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo at 3.45pm.

In the affidavit, Meng Kee, 33, stated that testimony by Thai forensic expert Dr Porntip Rojanasunand last week in the inquest into Teoh’s death that the deceased might have been tortured and strangled, needed to examined by conducting a second post-mortem.

“Also her contention that injuries in the anal region of the deceased were inconsistent with injuries from falling from a high place,” he said in the affidavit.

This differed from the testimony provided by pathalogists Dr. Khairul Azman Ibrahim and Dr Prashant Naresh Samberkar, who conducted the post-mortem on Beng Hock’s body, that his death was due to falling from a high place.

COURT-TEOH 2 SHAH ALAM

“These two witnesses testified that there was a strong possibility that the deceased had committed suicide. However, Dr Khairul did state that there was a possibility that the deceased had been injured before falling,” said Meng Kee.

He added that Dr Porntip had surmised that Teoh was probably murdered and as such, should be given the opportunity to conduct the second post-mortem in order to arrive at the truth, hence the application for the exhumation.

Dr Pornthip, who is the director-general of the Thai Ministry of Justice’s Central Institute of Forensic Science, had told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that she was willing to conduct a second post-mortem on Teoh’s remains.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, had been summoned to the state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here for questioning on July 15.

He was found dead at the building’s fifth floor the following day.

COURT-TEOH 3 (LAST) SHAH ALAM

His remains were laid to rest four days later at the Nirwana Memorial Park, Semenyih, Selangor.

Outside the court, Gobind Singh told the media that he hoped permission for the exhumation would be given as soon as possible and if allowed, the post-mortem would be done by Dr Porntip early next month.

— BERNAMA

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