Beng Hock’s Case Reopens with Ex-Boss Giving Statement to Cops

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Selangor police have called in Seri Kembangan assemblyperson Ean Yong Hian Wah as part of its reinvestigations into the death of Teoh Beng Hock, his former aide.

The former Selangor executive councillor spent an hour giving a statement at the Selangor police headquarters yesterday, following the reopening of the case into the death of Teoh.

“I was interviewed by a senior police officer for one hour and they had asked me to assist in their new probe under Section 342 of the Penal Code for wrongful confinement,” he told Malaysiakini.

“I was told that the police have received instructions from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to reopen the case.”

Yong said that during the police interview, he reiterated what he had said before, and that the police review his earlier statements on Teoh as well.

“I told police that Teoh was a witness, not a suspect of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“By being just a witness, he should not have been treated like a suspect and it was wrong and improper to keep him until midnight,” he told FMT.

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“From what I understand, they are looking for new evidence so that those responsible for Teoh’s death can face the music. I am happy that they are reopening the case so that justice can be served.”

Teoh’s sister Lee Lan said the family was happy that the case was being reopened but did not want it to be classified as wrongful confinement.

She said that by right, the case should be classified as murder, and asked if police were questioning the five MACC officers who were with Teoh on that fateful day.

Lee Lan listed the five as Hishamuddin Hashim, Mohd Anuar Ismail, Hairul Ilham Hamzah, Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus and Zulkefly Aziz – all Selangor MACC officers.

“Are they being questioned? Why interview outsiders like Ean Yong and other parties who were not present during the interrogation of Beng Hock?

“We hope our government will not be the same as the previous government, and that the Pakatan Harapan government will keep its promise to fight for justice for my brother and arrest those who killed him,” she told FMT.

Lee Lan said their lawyer Ramkarpal Singh would soon arrange a meeting with the inspector-general of police to convey their concerns.

In June, a group seeking justice for Teoh had demanded an explanation from the attorney-general on reclassification of police investigations into Teoh’s death, arguing that the case should be probed under Section 304 of the Penal Code for culpable homicide.

Teoh Beng Hock Trust For Democracy chairperson Ng Geok Chee said this was based on a Court of Appeal judgment in 2014 that one or more unknown persons, including MACC officers, had caused Teoh’s death.

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The judgment overturned the coroner’s open verdict with regard to Teoh’s death, ruling instead that Teoh died from a fall that could have been accelerated by unlawful actions of persons unknown, including by MACC officers.

Following the verdict, MACC agreed to pay RM600,000 to Teoh’s family to settle a negligence suit they brought against the commission.

The court also ordered the police to investigate the death.

In 2016, the Attorney-General’s Chambers had found no criminal element in Teoh’s death.

In 2009, Teoh was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, hours after he was interrogated by Selangor MACC in its office on the 14th floor of the same building.