MACC faces suit over interview procedures


DAP's Kajang councillor Tan Boon Wah has filed a legal action against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission pertaining to the anti-graft body's powers to question witnesses overnight.

The application was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry this morning by Tan's lawyer and DAP chairperson Karpal Singh.

In the application, Tan is asking the court to determine the ambit of the MACC's powers to interview witnesses, including on a question of interviewing witnesses overnight.

Tan's application was based on his own experience last week when he was questioned by the MACC from 8.45pm on July 15 to 1.35pm the next day.

Tan is also believed to the last person to have seen DAP's political aide Teoh Beng Hock alive at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Shah Alam last Thursday.

Later that day Teoh was found dead at a corridor of the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam after being questioned by the MACC.

Following the discovery of Teoh's body, Tan had lodged a police report on Saturday alleging that underhanded tactics were used by the MACC to interrogate him. He was questioned by the MACC on the same day as Teoh.

Teoh himself was questioned overnight by the MACC for almost eight hours.
22/07/09

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