TEOH PROBE: No notes made by MACC investigating officer

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock was shocked by the statement of a police investigating officer that no notes were made by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer who questioned Teoh.

Inspector Mohd Zulaimi Zubir, 29, from the Shah Alam police district headquarters' crime branch said the non-existence of the notes was detected during investigation on 10 pages of the official daily notebook, belonging to MACC officer Mohd Anuar Ismail, which was seized on July 18.

The lawyer appointed by the Government to assist in the inquest, Tan Hock Chuan, confirmed that Mohd Anuar was responsible for questioning Teoh.

"My examination revealed that in the book under July 8, 2009 there was noted 'rumah/putrajaya/pejabat/tol RM'(house/putrajaya/pejabat/tol RM) only. For July 15 and 16, there were no notes made," he said.

Teoh, 30, political aide to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah was found dead on July 16 on level five of Plaza Masalam here after giving a statement as a witness into alleged abuse of state government allocations at the Selangor MACC office located in the same building.

Asked by Tan that from July 1 till July 18, whether there was only one entry that he saw, Mohd Zulaimi said: "Yes".

Before this, Mohd Zulaimi said he only seized the daily day of Mohd Anuar and other daily books were seized by other police officers.

In the proceedings, the original book was not marked as an exibit as it was still being used and only a copy was tendered but it was certified by a MACC deputy director.

Mohd Zulaimi also said he seized the hard disk of the CCTV recoring at Plaza Masalam and was ordered to investigate the movements of Teoh, MACC officers and other individuals in the building.

Mohd Zulaimi, the 11th witness, said before the seizure, he had seen the movements on the CCTV recording and saw Teoh entering the lobby at the 4th floor at 6.08pm.

"The next day (of the incident), I was instructed to identify the time the deceased entered, of the movements of MACC officers and other individuals in the building from 00:00 hours July 15 till 7am the next day," he said.

He said the CCTV recording was later turned over to the the Forensics Department on July 18 for further investigation but there were several difficulties to detect movements due to technical problems.

Teoh's movements were only seen through a copy made using 'pen drive' but it could not be printed and Mohd Zulaimi said with the help of the security division at Plaza Masalam, 47 images of people going in and out on July 16 were detected.

He said the recording was seen on July 19 at the office of security office of Plaza Masalam and not at the office of the Forensics Department of Bukit Aman.

Earlier, Mohd Zulaimi said his investigation revealed that there was no CCTV camera in the area Teoh was found dead and most of the cameras were at the car park, the main entrance and the entrance road to the supermarket.

Relating his involvement in the case investigation, Mohd Zulaimi said he was at the scene at 2.20pm and the body had already been covered by a black plastic piece.

"I lifted up the plastic and saw the condition of the body and saw that it was that of a Chinese man lying on his right and there was dried blood around his mouth and nose.

"The body had been left there and not much later, I saw several officers believed to be from the MACC come down to the scene and I met them. They confirmed that the deceased was one of their witnesses," he said.

Mohd Zulaimi said at 3.10pm of the same day, he and several personnel had gone to the MACC office to get details of the deceased and he later instructed to check Teoh's record using his identity card number.

He said he found there was no criminal record.

The proceedings before coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas only rested at 1.35pm after the lawyers for Teoh's family and the Selangor government watched Teoh's movements in the CCTV recording. - Bernama

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