Nora’s Family Wants Criminal Angle Considered, A-G to Decide on Need for Inquest

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The results of the autopsy on the body of Nora Anne Quoirin will be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to determine whether there is a need for an inquest, said lawyer Sankara N Nair.

“Procedurally what happens is that a copy of the post-mortem report will go to the AG’s (Attorney-General’s) Chambers and it is for the AG to decide or instruct whether there is a need for an inquest.

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“Normally, sudden death of such nature would invite an inquest but then again it is under the evidence that is presented in the post-mortem report and other investigation by the police,” Sankara told reporters today.

Replying to a question, he said the family of Nora Anne had come to the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital today to confirm the identification of the body once again before the autopsy.

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He also said that the family members were sad and in a state of trauma.

“We have not discussed the next plan yet. I think they are still pondering on the next course of action and they are still grieving and I think it is not in their mind yet,” he said.

The family had initially suspected a criminal angle to Nora’s disappearance, saying she had special needs and never before left her family voluntarily, according to a statement issued on their behalf by the Lucie Blackman Trust, a British victims’ aid group.

Nora’s mother is from Belfast while her father is French.

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said last night that the country’s authorities were ready to investigate the circumstances of her death.

Deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said yesterday an initial investigation revealed no evidence of criminal behaviour but that the police would look at all possibilities.

When asked why he was only engaged now after the discovery of the body, the lawyer clarified that he has been retained from the day after the teen disappeared.

“I just didn’t emerge as an official lawyer as they were searching and there was no need to publicise that a lawyer has been engaged.

“Now that there is a finding of remains, I thought it best to come in the open,” Sankara said.


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