Friday, 7 January 2011

Beng Hock's death open verdict: Gomen to call RCI to look into SPRM investigation procedures and AG to seek revision in the High Court

I cannot say that I like this news but I maybe this is the best out of the situation:

PM forms RCI, says AG seeks revision on Teoh verdict
UPDATED @ 02:52:59 PM 07-01-2011By Clara Chooi January 07, 2011

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 7 — Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has joined the Teoh family in seeking a revision of the open verdict in Teoh Beng Hock’s death as Datuk Seri Najib Razak kept his promise today for a royal panel to probe into anti-graft investigation methods.

The prime minister announced the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to look into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation procedures, saying it has three months to complete its probe.

The RCI, he added, would have “specific” terms of reference and would not be expanded to include a probe into how the 30-year-old DAP political aide had plunged to his death in 2009.

This, said Najib, was because the law stipulated that investigations into a person’s cause of death should be carried out through the coroner’s office.

“The RCI will be formed under Section 2 of the Investigation Commission Act 1950 and will be tasked with looking into the procedures of the MACC, where appropriate, and to investigate the conduct of any of its officials,” he said.

“Obviously the Attorney-General is not happy with the verdict and wants it to be referred to a higher court for review,” Najib said.

Teoh’s family has also indicated their intention to file for a revision of the coroner’s verdict, citing their dissatisfaction that his decision had failed to solve the mysterious death.

On Teoh’s family’s request to meet with him, Najib said that he was willing but would not be able to determine when.

He urged the family to allow the government to proceed with its plans in reviewing the case.

“I think we all have to be mindful of the laws of the country. We should not be carried away with our emotions. What is important is for us to know the truth and the government wants to know the truth,” he said.

The prime minister pledged his administration’s sincerity in solving the case and told Teoh’s family that he “empathised and sympathised” with them.

“We will do our utmost to find out the truth; what really happened.

“So I hope that the family concerned, whilst we sympathise with their position and empathise with what they have gone through, we hope that they will allow the due process to take place.

“Hopefully, we will be able to establish what really happened,” he said.

Najib added that he hoped the High Court’s review on the coroner’s decision would “bring closure” to the highly-publicised case. (Ameen to that)

Read the full MI Report here.

Read TheStar report here as well.

So we now have these actions from our Government:

1. The RCI to to look into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation procedures only.

I also suggest that the RCI look into the premises where the interrogations/interview are held i.e no more MACC office on high rise buildings and all windows to be installed permanent iron grills.

Also all interrogations/inyerviews must be recorded in video/audio tape just like the one we have at our courts now.

2. The Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has joined the Teoh family/DAP lawyers in seeking a revision of the open verdict in Teoh Beng Hock’s death. This is a very good move forward, it will stop DAP incessant politicising.

Syabas to DS Najib and the AG, you have made a couple of good decisions today.

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