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Inquest into Teoh’s death resumes tomorrow

SHAH ALAM, 4 Aug 2009: The inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock, which was postponed last week, will resume tomorrow.

Several witnesses who had been subpoenaed earlier are expected to be present to provide testimony before Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas.

Among those expected to be called tomorrow are the security guard who found Teoh’s body, and pathalogists handling the case. Forensic experts and over 20 others, including Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers, are due to testify on Friday or next Monday.

A total of 77 witnesses have been subpoenaed to provide testimony in the inquest. Fifteen days have been set aside for the proceedings.

Last Wednesday, the inquest had to be postponed after the court allowed an application by lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who is representing Teoh’s family, for time to go through documents that were just obtained by them that morning.

Lawyer Tan Hock Chuan, who was appointed by the government, is assisting the coroner in the inquest. Deputy Public Prosecutor Idham Abdul Ghani is assistingTan.

Lawyer Malik Imtiaz Salwar was allowed to hold a watching brief for the Selangor government.

Teoh, 30, a political aide of Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on 16 July on the roof of the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam here, after being quizzed by the Selangor MACC pertaining to alleged abuse of state funds in the Selangor government. The Selangor MACC’s office is located on the 14th floor of the building. — Bernama

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