We await reply from AGC regarding Beng Hock’s investigation: Guan Eng

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 28.6.2019.

Teoh Beng Hock’s tragic death in 2009, following interrogation by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in the grounds of its Selangor headquarters, is a matter of definite public importance. DAP stands in sympathy support and solidarity with the family of Teoh Beng Hock.

The Minister of Home Affairs recently said that the matter is with the Attorney-General. The police also said that they are merely heeding the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ order to investigate Teoh Beng Hock’s death for wrongful confinement, despite there being elements of homicide and foul play in the 2009 case.

Cabinet had decided on 20 June 2018 to reopen investigations into the tragic death of Teoh Beng Hock. I had written a letter to Attorney-General Tommy Thomas on 23 November 2018 requesting that this be done. The Attorney-General had replied in a letter on 4 December 2018, that he had written to the Inspector-General of Police on 17 July 2018 to do so accordingly. In his reply, the Attorney-General regretted that there were no progress and that he will press the police to continue with the investigations.

Despite the matter being brought up in Cabinet several times, the last occasion on 15th May 2019, there were still no new developments. I am surprised that instead of reopening investigations, the police is investigating instead under Section 342 of the Penal Code, which deals with wrongful confinement, as instructed by the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Following this development, I had written another letter to Tommy Thomas on 25 June 2019 and we are awaiting his reply.

LIM GUAN ENG


民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2019年6月28日在吉隆坡发表文告:

2009年,赵明福被带往在马来西亚反贪委员会雪兰莪州总部审讯后,惊传死讯,令人悲愤不已。这起悲剧无疑是一项重要的公共事件,必须时刻铭记于心。而民主行动党对赵明福的家人感同身受,也和家属站在同一阵线上,希望查明真相,让公义得以伸张。

内政部长最近表示,此事归总检察长所管辖。警方也说,他们只是听取了总检察长署的指示,以非法拘禁的角度调查赵明福的案件,即便这宗发生在2009年的案件中具有谋杀和违规行为的成分存在。

内阁是于2018年6月20日议决重新调查赵明福的案件。随后,我在2018年11月23日写信给总检察长汤米汤姆斯,要求此案尽速完成。总检察长在2018年12月4日的回信中答复,他已于2018年7月17日致函总警长,要求警方进行调查。总检察长在回复中亦表示遗憾,迄今没有任何进展,惟他将要求警察继续进行调查。

尽管此事被多次带到内阁会议讨论,最后一次是在2019年5月15日,但仍然没有新的发展。令我感到惊讶的是,警察是依总检察署的指示,根据刑事法典第342条文进行调查,而不是重新开展调查。在得知这项最新发展后,我在2019年6月25日给汤米汤姆斯写了另一封信,目前我们正在等待他的答复,以了解详情。

林冠英

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