Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stains at MACC office not blood


SHAH ALAM: The dried brownish red substance found at the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office at Plaza Masalam here is not blood.

Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for the family of deceased political aide Teoh Beng Hock, told reporters yesterday that preliminary tests had confirmed that the stains were not blood.

“They have told us that there is a possibility that it is anti-rust paint that looks like blood. But this is subject to confirmation by laboratory tests,” said Gobind.

He said the report on the findings was expected to be presented at the inquest today.

Government DNA profiling expert Dr Seah Lay Hong conducted the preliminary test on the substance and will be carrying out further tests to identify it.

The stains were discovered in several areas in the premises during a site inspection last Friday.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas as well as lawyers representing the Government, Teoh’s family, the Selangor state government and the Bar Council went to the MACC’s office on the 14th and 15th floor of the building on Friday.

They also visited the 5th floor service corridor where Teoh’s remains were found on June 16, a day after he was questioned by the MACC over the disbursement of state funds.

Earlier in the day when the inquest started, Gobind had applied for tests to be carried out to determine whether the stains were blood.

Azmil allowed the application, which was not objected to by Tan Hock Chuan, who is the government-appointed lawyer assisting the coroner.

Also at the inquest yesterday morning were associates of renowned Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, who is the director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science, Thailand.

The two – Dr Triyarith Temahivong, Chief of Clinical Forensic Medicine at the institute and Police Lt-Col Somchai Chailermsooksant, forensic scientist and the institute’s Crime Scene chief – also examined the premises yesterday.

The state government had also enlisted the services of local forensics consultant Supt (R) Amidon Anan who was at the scene with Dr Seah and the two Thai experts.

The two experts, who arrived on Sunday, spent the entire day going through the relevant photographs as well as DNA and forensic reports.

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