SHAH ALAM, 27 Oct 2009: 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 the testimony by Thai forensic expert Dr Porntip Rojanasunand last week in the inquest into Teoh’s death needed to examined by conducting a second post-mortem.
Dr Pontip had said that the deceased might have been tortured and strangled, and that injuries in the anal region of the deceased were inconsistent with injuries from falling from a high place.
This differed from the testimony provided by pathalogists Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim and Dr Prashant Naresh Samberkar, who conducted the post-mortem on Teoh’s body, that his death was due to falling from a high place.
“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 said Dr Porntip had surmised that Teoh had probably been murdered, and she should be given the opportunity to conduct the second post-mortem in order to arrive at the truth.
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 15 July. He was found dead on the building’s fifth floor the following day.
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