Thursday, August 13, 2009

Teoh inquest (Day 7): Possibility that Teoh was dragged (Update)

12.28pm: Court adjourns to 8.30am tomorrow after all witnesses present took the stand.

Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, is expected to cross examine the witnesses tomorrow as he was not present in court today. Malik Imtiaz stood in for Gobind.

11.30am: Court resumes and calls Deputy Supt Shahrul Othman from the Royal Malaysian Police forensics laboratory to take the stand.

10.50am: Court in recess.

10.40am: Insp Mazli says that based on scratch marks on the sole of Teoh’s shoes, there is a possibility that he (Teoh) was dragged.

10.30am: To a question by Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who is representing the Selangor Government, Insp Mazli says there were no footsteps found on the 14th floor window sill.

“I have checked. The place is dusty. If someone had set foot there, there must be shoe prints,” says Insp Mazli.

10am: Insp Mazli says he took two swabs each from the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office’s 14th floor window and the sofa which Teoh had allegedly slept on.

9am: Inquest starts with two crime scene investigators from the Selangor police to testify.

First to take the stand is Chief Inspector Mazli Jusoh.

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock before Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas enters Day 7 Thursday.

Wednesday the coroner’s court heard of video footage from closed-circuit television at Plaza Masalam showing Teoh entering the building through the fourth floor lobby at 6.09pm on July 15.

The recording, however, did not show him leaving the building after that or the following morning, according to 11th witness police officer Insp Mohd Zulaimi Zubir from the Shah Alam police headquarters’ crime department.

Insp Mohd Zulaimi said he obtained recordings for between midnight on July 15 and 7am the following morning, and had seized the CCTV’s hard disk on July 17 to be sent to the Bukit Aman forensics department the following day.

The department was able to retrieve 47 images.

The inquest ended with 12th witness Mohd Zaidi Abu Hassan from the Polis DiRaja Malaysia forensics laboratory.

It is not known yet if both Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim, senior consultant at Forensics Department Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah and UMMC forensic pathologist Dr Prashant Samberkar are well enough to testify as they called in sick Wednesday.

Teoh, 30, political secretary to Selangor Exco Ean Yong Hian Wah was found dead on July 16 on level 5 of Plaza Masalam after giving a statement as a witness into alleged abuse of state government allocation at the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office.

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