Malaysia suspends anti-graft officers after death

Last Updated: Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 19:54

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia`s anti-corruption
force on Saturday suspended three officers who are alleged to have
broken rules when investigating a political aide who later
died in a suspected suicide.

The suspension order came two days after an inquiry
announced that Teoh Beng Hock jumped from the offices of the
country`s anti-graft body following an "aggressive and
unscrupulous" interrogation.

"Pending the investigation outcome, all three relevant
officers have been suspended," the Malaysian Anti-Corruption
Commission (MACC) said in a statement.

The trio were believed to be involved in interrogating
Teoh, a 30-year old aide to an opposition MP.

Authorities have come under tremendous public pressure
to charge the three officers with culpable homicide since the
inquiry report was released Thursday.

Teoh`s body was found in July 2009 beneath the MACC`s
building after he was quizzed as part of an alleged graft
probe.

A royal commission of inquiry conducted by a
high-profile panel began in February after calls for an
investigation into the mysterious death.

The inquest found in a 124-page report that Teoh
committed suicide after being put under intense physical and
mental pressure.

"He had been deprived of sleep throughout the night
and into the morning and had had to endure persistent,
aggressive and unscrupulous questioning," it said.

Teoh`s family, however, insist that he did not kill
himself and was due to marry his pregnant fiancee the next
day.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 19:54

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