KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 – Prosecution into the case of Teoh Beng Hock’s death will commence if there is strong and sufficient evidence, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri. She said police had recently set up a special investigation team to reopen investigations into Beng Hock’s death.
“The Attorney-General’s Chambers will review and decide after the investigations have been completed. If the evidence is found to be strong and sufficient to press charges, then prosecution will commence,” she said. She said this in a written reply to a question by Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) in the Dewan Rakyat today. The Court of Appeal on Sept 5 had set aside the open verdict by the Coroner on Beng Hock’s death five years ago with a decision that “one or several people were responsible for his death”.
Beng Hock, who was found dead on July 16 2009 on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, was an aide to Seri Kembangan assemblyman, Ean Yong Hian Wah. He was called by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to have his statement recorded over his employer’s alleged abuse of state funds the day before.