Apparently the police officer who found the note will be subjected to rigorous cross examinations, so will the experts who will authenticate Teoh's writing on that "note". If the "note' is proven to be genuine and then combined that with the forensic evidences given by our Local, Indian and British experts given so far, minus that of Dr Porntip's, I think that Teoh's family and the concerned public will finally find closure. Call it what you will folks but I have a sneaky feeling that the DAP notably its Supreme leaders, father and son duo Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng dan sesiapa yang sewaktu dengan mereka berdua will even probably have to eat humble pie soon like DAP whizz kid Tony Pua.
August 09, 2010 23:03 PM
AG's Chambers Denies Suppression Of Evidence In Teoh Beng Hock Death Inquiry
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The Attorney General's Chambers on Monday issued a statement to vehemently deny any suppression of evidence in the Teoh Beng Hock death inquiry after producing as evidence Monday a note found last year in Teoh's sling bag "that may throw some light regarding his death".
The new evidence resulted in the hearing of the inquest, which was to have resumed Monday, to be postponed to Aug 18.
Monday's statement explained that the Attorney-General Chambers was informed of the discovery of the note by Investigating Officer ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal on Oct 7 last year, more than two months after Teoh's death.
Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16 last year on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after giving a statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) located on the 14th floor of the same building. He was 30 then.
The statement said that according to Ahmad Nazri, the note was not found when he first searched Teoh's sling bag after the incident.
However, it said, Ahmad Nazri recently owned up that he did find the note when he searched the sling bag on July 17 last year but did not realise the significance of it as other documents were also found and that they were written in both Chinese and Roman characters.
The statement said the Attorney General's Chambers was equally startled by the discovery of the note and had instructed an investigation to be carried out.
It said the note was immediately translated and there was sufficient cause to send it to be analysed by a document examiner of the Chemistry Department on Oct 9 and subsequently on Oct 20 last year.
It said the document examiner prepared his reports and they were considered by Abdul Gani himself where the attorney-general was not convinced of the authenticity of the note due to insufficient samples to verify the handwriting, in particular the Chinese characters.
"Having considered these factors, Tan Sri Abdul Gani was of the view that the note should not be tendered until and unless the investigation officer could provide satisfactory explanation," the statement said.
It said the Attorney-General's Chambers was earlier briefed by the investigation officer that he conducted a thorough search after being advised by a psychiatrist that ordinarily a note would be left in a suicide case.
"As a result of this, the attorney-general decided to put the note in and directed the investigation officer to explain this in court to avoid any repercussion in future and let the coroner decide on its weight after considering the explanation by the investigation officer and the document examiner's report," it said.
The statement said the Attorney-General's Chambers felt that there was no suppression or withholding of evidence and that the decision for not tendering the note earlier was made based on the document examiner's report as well as the discovery of the note which gave rise to suspicion.
"The Attorney-General's Chambers will tender a document as evidence only when and until it is satisfied that any shroud of suspicion surrounding it is lifted," it said.
However, according to the statement, the existence of the note was disputed on the grounds of delay in disclosure, failure to furnish a copy of the note to the counsel representing Teoh's family and suppression of evidence by the Attorney-General's Chambers.
I am very keen to see what Gobind and crew will come up with on the 18th of August, we are all really keen to find closure I hope that there will be no delaying of submission and cross examining of this very important piece of clue - the purported "suicide note".
Sleepless in Palembang.