Royal Commission to probe MACC

PUTRAJAYA, July 22 — The Cabinet today took the only option available and agreed to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

It also ordered the lead investigator of the graft probe against Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) executive councilors reassigned, in what is an effective suspension of duties.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the commission would look into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation procedures and whether Teoh Beng Hock’s human rights were violated, giving in to the tremendous public outcry.

Speaking at a press conference here, Datuk Seri Najib Razak also said that an inquest to be presided over by a magistrate will begin next week to investigate Teoh’s death.

He also pledged that the outcome of the ongoing police probe would be announced to the public.

“I will inform Teoh’s family of the outcome of the investigations,” said Najib.

Teoh was found dead outside the Selangor MACC headquarters on July 16, one day after he was called in for questioning.

The political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was interrogated as part of an investigation into alleged misuse of public funds by the state lawmakers.

MI
22/07/09

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