Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Unidentified DNA found on Teoh's blazer

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock was told that DNA from two different persons were detected from a piece of clothing worn by the deceased.

Tan Hock Chuan, who is acting for the Attorney-General, told the inquest on Wednesday that the DNA profile, derived from a swab taken from the outer layer of the back of the blazer worn by Teoh, was a mixture of male DNA types from two individuals.

He added one of the DNA profiles matched with the blood specimen taken from the deceased while the other belonged to an unknown male individual.

Tan said another DNA profile derived from a swab taken from the tear region of a waist belt worn by Teoh also consisted of a mixture of male DNA types.

He added one matched with Teoh’s blood stain specimen whilst the other was from an unknown individual.

He also said swabs were taken from 102 persons to determine whether any of them matched the unknown persons.

Tan said the mystery individual has been labelled as Male 1.

According to Tan, the first DNA report was ready.

“I have been told by the chemist that test on 90 people have been completed and tests on 12 male persons will be conducted,” he added.

He said he had also been told that two persons have refused to give swabs and this delayed the process.

Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, asked Tan about the DNA profiles.

“We wish to know if any of those 90 specimens match the DNA of the unknown Male 1?” asked Gobind.

He said it was crucial for them to know if there was a match.

“Whether or not it matches, it is best revealed by experts,” said Tan.

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