Teoh’s death: A-G’s ‘afraid’ to prosecute

by Teoh El Sen
Free Malaysia Today
April 7, 2012

Former KL CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim claims the A-G is looking after his own interest in deciding not to charge anyone over Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

PETALING JAYA: With the amount of skeletons in his closet, Attorney-General Abdul Ghani Patail would be “digging his own grave” if he prosecutes anyone over the Teoh Beng Hock’s death, said a retired senior policeman today.

Ex- Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation department(CID) chief Mat Zain Ibrahim said this was the reason why Ghani was being cowardly and ‘afraid’ to institute criminal proceedings against any persons recommended by the royal commission of inquiries (RCIs).

“It’s for his own survival. Ghani will not institute any criminal proceeding against any person or persons that are being recommended by any RCIs.

“It is not about lack of evidence or that the case needs further investigation from the appropriate Department or anything to that effect. The RCIs recommendations are valid and proper.

“I state without any hesitation, that Ghani is himself very afraid to take any actions.

“To institute any criminal proceeding against those persons would be like digging his own grave.

“It is like putting himself in the same boat with those people he is suppose to charge and prosecute.

The only difference would be those people may have only one charge hanging over their heads,while Gani Patail has several times more,” said Mat Zain in an e-mail to FMT today.

He said an RCI in 1999 to investigate the ‘black eye’ incident had found that Ghani had committed “various criminal offences” .

“He can be charged for at least six(6) cases of fabrication of evidence, each carrying a sentence of up to seven(7) years imprisonment upon conviction.

“As far as the documentary evidences against him are concerned, they are all there in the RCI report,consented by The Agong for all to see,” said Mat Zain.

‘Blatant’ snub

Mat Zain was the lead investigator in Anwar Ibrahim’s 1998 “black eye” case and has repeatedly accused that Ghani and the former Inspector General of Police fabricated evidence for the past three years.

Mat Zain said this was the reason Ghani is so “daring” and “blatant” to snub a group of Commissioners appointed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He said that the commissioners appointed are normally not just anybody from the streets, but were people of unquestionable integrity and of certain standing in society.

“Unfortunately after these Commissioners have completed their tasks, they are being reduced to being mere lackeys and useless persons by none other than the A-G himself.”

He again called for the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to set up a tribunal to investigate Gani.

He said a tribunal can be formed by the Agong on Najib’s advise.

“All the PM needs to do is to set up a Tribunal and it will be over within a couple of days. There’s no need to engage foreign expert or foreign retired investigators like they did in the RCI to investigate into TBH’s death and waste tax payers funds…which are depleting by the
day,” said Mat Zain.

Mat Zain had noted that this was the second time Ghani has failed to act on recommendations by a commission of inquiry, the first being the failure to act on a previous RCI in 2007 probing allegations that appointments of judges were fixed.

Case closed

On Thursday, it was revealed in parliament that the A-G’s Chambers has closed its case on Teoh’s death and had cleared the three MACC officers named in the RCI report– which had found that Teoh was driven to suicide after aggressive interrogation– of all offences.

Teoh, 30, was the political aide of Selangor executive council member Ean Yong Hian Wah. He was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth-floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after he was questioned overnight by the MACC officers on the 14th floor.

An inquest was held but could only reach an “open verdict”. An RCI was subsequently held and the five-man RCI panel, headed by then federal court judge James Foong, had singled out the three officers who were involved in Teoh’s interrogations.

They were Selangor MACC deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim and his subordinates Mohd Anuar Ismail and Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.

The Bar Council, which played an active role in the RCI into Teoh’s death, had urged the A-G to clarify and explain his decision.

Contrary to the RCI report which named the three men, the Bar Council had recommended that five MACC officers be investigated for culpable homicide.

The five officers include Hishamuddin, Mohd Anuar and Mohd Ashraf as well as Selangor MACC investigations chief, Hairul Ilham Hamzah, and Klang MACC assistant enforcement officer Zulkefly Aziz.

The Bar had recommended that the five be investigated under Section 304A of the Penal Code for causing the death of Teoh via negligence.

  1. #1 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 7:56 pm

    IMO, it’s better that our AG not charge the 3 cos’ if he does so, the charge will have to be based on RCI’s findings that their aggressive interrogation actually pressured TBH to suicide! In the first place how many people accept the RCI’s findings of suicide? If one wants the 3 to be charged, it has to be based on independent findings/investigations/evidence that the 3 were responsible (deliberately or negligently) to cause his death – but not death by suicide, which in turn implies TBH was so emotionally weak as not to withstand aggressive interrogation and hence proceeded to suicide whilst others less weak, and similarly interrogated, would or did not! Such a charge, if proceeded upon against the 3 based on RCI suicide findings, would be to imp[licitly but wrongly legitimize the RCI’s untenable findings, constitute an insult to TBH and even the 3 were found guilty, they would be let off with the slap on the wrist with their guilt mitigated by TBH’s alleged mental/emotional weakness to opt for suicide! Let the AG not prosecute then. It argues a better case that the whole affair from beginning to end smells of cover up for which there is yet no satisfactory closure!

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 8:11 pm

    ///With the amount of skeletons in his closet, Attorney-General Abdul Ghani Patail would be “digging his own grave” if he prosecutes anyone over the Teoh Beng Hock’s death, said a retired senior policeman today.///

    As the Chinese saying goes, private affairs should be dealt with privately and public affairs publicly. In other words, personal grudges and feeling should not stand in the way when dealing with public affairs.

  3. #4 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 8:37 pm

    Be careful what we demand for in name of accountability. If we demand prosecution of the 3 due to RCI’s findings that TBH committed suicide due to their ”relentless and aggressive” interrogation – as Mat Zain now supported by even LGE appear to be arguing for – it means we legitimize the utter fiction that ”relentless and aggressive” interrogation can drive a detainee subject to it to suicide! Where in the world have we heard such a thing? Detainees (including those in Guantanamo Bay) had been subject to physical torture and yet have not succumbed to suicide. Why would we think TBH, who was going to be a husband & father, and had every reason to live, was of so weak an emotional and mental state that he could just by reason of only ”relentless and aggressive” interrogation (without physical harm) succumb to suicide? Please don’t insult him by seeking prosecution of the 3 based on this fiction. We can seek prosecution of the 3 for accountability but base it on the correct reasons -not a fiction- because otherwise we are merely seeking (in the impotence of other options) blind vengeance, not accountability, which must always be based on the right reasons!

  4. #5 by yhsiew on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 9:08 pm

    #3 ref.

    The country is doomed when its top lawyer protects the wrongdoers.

  5. #6 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 9:40 pm

    When the country is run by sons of bitches, then expect it to go to the dogs.

  6. #7 by tak tahan on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 10:41 pm

    They are worse than dogs.They don’t understand,neglect or worst abuse their entrusted-duty to serve the people and the country.Even dogs can simply follow any orders to carry out errands in much less hassle,anxiety and irritation caused to the owners or rakyat!

  7. #8 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 10:49 pm

    Pssst cintanegara. U Ada salah ambik ag punya rambutan. Kalau tidak mungkin rambutan dia tu dah hilang. Cepat bawa dua biji esok ya. Jangan lupa.

  8. #9 by Jong on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 10:55 pm

    Nicely put Jeffrey!
    That’s right, no one in their fright frame of mind will believe TBH committed suicide. We want to know the truth – who killed TBH? We want accountability not cover-up!

  9. #10 by tak tahan on Saturday, 7 April 2012 - 11:32 pm

    In our present circumstances under Umno regime where we have no better choices or platforms to seek justice whatever one wishes,then how?.We should fight it out in the court.What else can we do other than not taking any recourse to effect change? The outcome from the court(Umno’s kangaroo)-will not matter much now-as it could be reviewed when PR took over Putrajaya.

  10. #11 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 1:33 am

    Anybody want to ask Ah Jib Gor live on NTV7 Monday night?

    Ask him point blank. Maybe he might answer you, maybe he will mumbo-jumbo.

    Why don’t we all make him nervous and panic ?

  11. #12 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 1:40 am

    What is the A-G’s tenure in the post? Is it until he retires or will it end at some point in time?

    The A-G can’t enjoy total immunity that no one can touch him. Surely there must be a way for a citizen to bring a case against him if the government won’t?

  12. #13 by k1980 on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 8:09 am

    Ambiga a traitor? In betraying the country, Shahreezuk tops the list


  13. #14 by monsterball on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 8:32 am

    What Antony General?
    It is the best Acting Goon chosen by Najib to act…say and do what he tells him to say or do.
    We call them… puppets crazy for stolen money …easy job…easy life.
    As we all know..UMNO b is a political party…corrupted to the core…a cover up must done to please all…or else……Najib will be in big trouble.

  14. #15 by k1980 on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 10:24 am

    A new website dedicated to unmo


  15. #16 by cseng on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 10:24 am

    This AG seems having all power to decide who to charge who’s not, all by him.

    The power he holds is above the law, if he refuses to throw the ball to the court, the court can’t play ball.

    If AG chooses to take side, nothing much you can do, but when he seems abuse his power, the public is seemingly ignorant about it, why?

    Because for decades we have live in a ‘blind-side’, we were not informed on the truth, we were not educate to rationale with fact.

  16. #17 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 2:09 pm

    Let God decide. Not the A-G.

  17. #18 by cseng on Sunday, 8 April 2012 - 4:46 pm

    He is trying to be one.

  18. #19 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Monday, 9 April 2012 - 8:52 am

    Let GOD decide sheriff? How true. Umno is GOD. Decision has been made. “No further actions” for “insufficient evidence”. There. Habis cerita.

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