Sunday, November 22, 2009

Teoh's second autopsy completed, reburied Tuesday

Teoh's autopsy completed. Hope they uncover the truth soon.

Teoh's second autopsy completed, reburied Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: The second autopsy on Teoh Beng Hock’s remains had been completed but the results will most likely be disclosed when the inquest into his death resumes on Dec 9.

Teoh’s sister Teoh Lee Lan said the family was given a short briefing after the autopsy at the Sungai Buloh Hospital by Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanansunand, but it was too technical for them to understand.

“We do not know the results, or when it will be revealed. Please be patient and wait for the inquest to resume on Dec 9,” she told reporters.

Lee Lan confirmed that her brother’s remains would be reburied on Tuesday at the Nirvana Memorial Garden in Semenyih.

Teoh’s body was exhumed on Saturday after the inquest into his death ordered a second post-mortem, after Dr Pornthip testified that his likely cause of death was homicide and not suicide.

Teoh was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam on Shah Alam on July 16 after being questioned by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

The commission’s Selangor office is on the 14th floor of the same building.

The autopsy started at noon after the pathologists spent the morning discussing and performing X-ray and CT scans on the body.

The autopsy, carried out by Sungai Buloh Hospital’s Pathology and Forensics Department chief Dr Shahidan Md Noor, was completed by 3.15pm.

Besides Dr Pornthip, who is engaged by the Selangor state government, others observing the autopsy were British forensic pathologist Prof Peter Vanezis, who is appointed by the MACC, and pathologists from the first autopsy Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim and Dr Prashant Naresh Samberkar.

Dr K. Saravanan assisted by taking photographs of the post-mortem.

Lee Lan, together with her brother Beng Kee and parents Teoh Leng Hwee and Teng Shuw Hor, had arrived at the hospital at 8.30am.

Gobind Singh Deo, counsel for Teoh’s family, said no time limit was set for the autopsy.

“There is no pressure for them to finish by a certain time. What is important is that it is done thoroughly, and all aspects that can raise any doubts be addressed,” he said.

He also thanked the police for responding quickly to Dr Pornthip’s complaints that she had been followed on Friday and Saturday by providing escorts.

“To those following her, come forward and let us know who you are. Don’t be cowards,” he said.

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