|Saat-saat awal mayat Teoh ditemui|
Inkues bagi mengetahui sebab kematian Teoh Beng Hock bersambung hari ini dengan keterangan pengawal keselamatan yang nampak mayat mendiang dari sebuah stor di Tingkat 19 Plaza Masalam.
Pengawal itu kemudian memaklumkan kepada penyelia selenggaraan bangunan tersebut Mohd Ridzuan Samsuri pergi ke Tingkat 5 dan menemui mayat setiausaha politik exco kerajaan Selangor, Ean Yong Hian Wah.
Darah Teoh sudah kering sewaktu mayatnya ditemui, demikian inkues di depan di hadapan Koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas diberitahu pada hari kedua prosiding yang bermula pagi ini.
Bekas wartawan akhbar berbahasa Cina itu ditemui mati selepas memberi keterangan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Selangor pada 16 Julai lepas di atas bumbung tingkat 5 Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam, yang menempatkan bangunan suruhanjaya tersebut.
Kematiannya, yang menimbulkan pelbagai persoalan, mendorong kerajaan menubuhkan inkues dan suruhanjaya siasatan diraja bagi menentuk kematiannya dan prosedur siasatan SPRM.
Suasana di sekitar perkarangan mahkamah sesak dipenuhi wartawan dan jurugambar yang hadir seawal 7.30 pagi.
Seramai 97 saksi dijangka akan dipanggil memberi keterangan dalam inkues tersebut.
Enam saksi pertama dipanggil beri keterangan bagi prosiding kedua inkues pagi ini – tiga ahli kimia, tiga ahli patologi dan diikuti seorang pengawal keselamatan, Siti Zabedah Yahya.
Siti Zabedah, 41, memberitahu mahkamah bahawa dia berada di tingkat 19 Plaza Masalam pada 16 Julai lalu.
Kerana berpuasa pada hari berkenaan, katanya, dia berihat di bilik stor pada kira-kira jam 1.10 tengahari, dan membiarkan tingkap terbuka.
Menurutnya, ketika dia bangun kira-kira 20 minit kemudiannya dan berada rapat dengan tingkap, dia ternampak seorang lelaki terbaring di koridor tingkat lima.
Siti Zabedah berkata, dia kemudiannya memanggil seorang juruteknik, Mohd Ridwan Samsuri, supaya menyiasatnya.
Mohd Ridzuan pula memberitahu, dia sedang berada di Restoran Pelita di tingkat dua bangunan tersebut apabila menerima panggilan dari Siti Zabedah.
Sewaktu disoal siasat oleh peguam Gobind Singh Deo, Mohd Ridzuan berkata tingkat lima merupakan kawasan larangan kepada orang awam dan tidak terdapat CCTV di situ.
Menurutnya, untuk ke tingkat lima, seseorang itu perlu melalui sebuah pejabat dengan kebenaran atau bantuan pegawai keselamatan dan pekerja penyelenggaraan yang menyimpan kunci untuk dua pintu besi di situ.
Katanya, dia kemudiannya pergi ke tingkat lima bersama seorang rakannya, Rosli Sallh dan ternampak mayat dan bekas darah kering di bahagian lutut.
Mohd Ridzuan berkata beliau kemudiannya terus memaklumkan perkara itu kepada pegawai atasannya melalui walkie-talkie.
Mahkamah berihat pada kira-kira jam 10.30 pagi.
|Technician: Dried blood on Teoh’s body|
The inquest into the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock began this morning in Shah Alam, with 97 witnesses expected to be called.
Six witnesses are scheduled to be called today, including pathologists who will present their findings.
Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16 outside Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, following interrogation for 10 hours by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which has its Selangor office on the 14th floor of the building.
The first witness, security guard Siti Zabedah Yayha, 41, testified that she saw Teoh’s body from a 19th-storey store room at about 1.30pm. It was sprawled on the fifth floor balcony of the adjacent plaza building
She then informed technician Mohd Ridzuan Samsuri about this.
Mohd Ridzuan confirmed this to the court and that there was dried blood on Teoh’s body when he went to the scene about 2pm.
The court has stood down for a 15-minute recess and the proceedings will continue with the third witness.
The proceedings began at 9.05am, after having been postponed on July 29 following a request from lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, who is representing Teoh’s family along with Sankara Nair.Government-appointed lawyer Tan Hock Chan, a former deputy public prosecutor, is assisting coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas with the inquest, which is being held at the Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court. DPP Mohd Abazafree Mohd Abas is assisting Tan.
Lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar is representing the Selangor government, while Cheow Wee and Richard Wee are assigned to hold a watching brief for the Bar Council.
DNA samples provided
Gobind said today that Kajang councillor Tan Boon Wah and one Lee Wye Wing have provided their DNA sample to investigators, but that these did not match the DNA found on Teoh’s blazer and belt.
Hock Chuan had told the coroner today that 157 samples swabs have been taken from officers in Selangor MACC, police personnel, forensics personnel, cleaners, witnesses and two members of the public.
Teoh, who was political secretary to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was a witness in the investigation into the alleged abuse of constituency development funds by several Selangor Pakatan Rakyat state assemblypersons. They include Ean Yong.
The government has also announced that a royal commission of inquiry will be set up to look into MACC’s interrogation procedures as well as the findings of the inquest.
Inquest hears testimony from security guard
SHAH ALAM (Aug 5, 2009, The Sun): The inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock resumed at 9.10am today, with the security guard who found Teoh’s body, Siti Zabedah Yahya, being the first to testify.
|(From left) Beng Hock’s ? ancee Soh Cher Wei, father Teoh Leong Hwee,
brother Beng Kee and sister Lee Lan with Kota Alam Shah assemblyman
M. Manoharan and Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah
Lawyer Tan Hock Chuan, who was appointed by the government and is assisting coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas in the inquest, said his team would be calling 97 witnesses.
Six witnesses would be called in today, followed by six more comprising three chemists and three pathologists, he said.
Meanwhile, Teoh’s family, including his father Teoh Leong Hwee, mother Teng Shuw Hor, elder brother Beng Kee, younger sister Lee Lan and fiancee Soh Cher Wei arrived at 8.30am.
The courtroom where the inquest is held is packed with members of the media who came as early as 6am.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang arrived at the court at 9am while Teoh’s employer, Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah arrived five minutes later.
Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16 along the corridor outside the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam here, after being quizzed by the Selangor MACC pertaining to alleged abuse of state funds in the Selangor government.
The Selangor MACC’s office is located on the 14th floor of the building. – Bernama
SHAH ALAM, Aug 5 — The inquest into DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock’s death began this morning with lawyer Tan Hock Chuan, who is leading the Attorney-General’s team, disclosing that swabs from 157 people were analysed but none matched the DNA of the unknown male found on Teoh’s jacket and belt.
Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, representing the Teoh family, then asked the court to note that samples of Tan Boon Wah and Lee Wye Wing, who had earlier refused to give their DNA samples, were also not a match.
Earlier, Hock Chuan gave a list of 97 witnesses and suggested that the inquest start with 12 including three chemists and three pathologists. He also said the toxicology, criminology and DNA reports were ready.
The coroner then called two witnesses — the female security guard who found Teoh’s body and a male technician from Plaza Masalam. The technician, Mohd Ridzuan Samsuri, said there were only two ways to access the fifth-floor balcony where Teoh was found — through the rooftop or a grilled window on the same floor.
He said the grille was always locked and only maintenance and security had the keys and there was a record kept of who accesses the area.
The 30-year-old political secretary was found dead on the rooftop of a five-storey building next to Plaza Masalam, where the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has its Selangor head office on the 14th floor, last July 16.
He had been taken in as a witness in a probe into alleged misuse of state funds. He was due to register his marriage to his two-month pregnant fiancee Soh Cher Wei the day he was found dead.
The Cabinet has formed a royal commission of inquiry into MACC’s investigation procedures after it was revealed that Teoh was questioned from 6pm to 3.45am the next day.