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Police probe ongoing despite Teoh inquest

SHAH ALAM, 28 July 2009: Although the inquest into the death of Selangor political aide Teoh Beng Hock begins tomorrow, the police will continue to accept information that could assist them in their investigation into the case, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

He said the case has been classified as sudden death, but he did not rule out the possibility of reclassifying it should there be fresh information.

“Our investigation is ongoing. I urge those who have information that can assist us to come forward,” he told a news conference here.

Khalid said the police had recorded 77 statements, 28 of them from officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and that the police would go through all reports received until late tonight.

He said the police had informed the public prosecutor that they were ready for the inquest unless there was fresh information that would require them to conduct questioning and further investigation.

Teoh, 30, political aide of Selangor State Executive Councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on 16 July on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Section 9 here.

He had been questioned as a witness by the MACC between 5pm on 15 July and 3:45am the following day on the misuse of state government allocations by state executive councillors, at the MACC office located on the 14th floor of the same building.

Khalid said the police had received the toxicology report from the Chemistry Department and were awaiting certain other reports, including those from the pathologists.

He also said that beginning yesterday, 77 people, 28 of them MACC officers, had been subpoenaed, and that the inquest would be held at a magistrate’s court here.

It has been reported that Shah Alam High Court deputy registrar Azmil Muntapha Abas had been appointed the coroner.

Khalid said there would be no road closure tomorrow because of the inquest, and hoped that there would be no demonstrations at the court tomorrow. — Bernama

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