Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Pathologist: Not possible Teoh was strangled

The inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock resumed today at 10am with Dr Shahidan Md Noor, the pathologist who performed the second post-mortem taking the stand.

Shahidan, who was questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's legal and prosecution division head Abdul Razak Musa, said it was not possible that Teoh was hit or strangled (dijerut) before he fell.

NONEResponding to questions from Abdul Razak, Shahidan said the red line marks on the neck does not correspond to the cause of Teoh's death.

"There is a bruise on his neck. but there are no signs of asphyxia.

"There could be pressure applied (to the neck). However, the red mark lines on the neck did not cause Teoh's death."

Shahidan also said the injury to Teoh's anal region was not the result of sodomy but consistent with the fall.

"The stratum area suffered a fracture where it broke during the fall and it was inserted back as effects of the fall."

Teoh not hit by blunt object

He was also of the opinion that there was no injury to suggest Teoh had been hit.

"The injury is consistent with a fall," he said.

Shahidan stressed that it was not possible that Teoh was choked to death as there was no indication of asphyxia.

He also dismiss the findings by Dr Pornthip Rojasunanand - the Thai pathologist representing the Selangor government - that Teoh's head was hit by blunt object.

"The fracture to the right side of the body and the skull is consistent to a fall."

"Furthermore, falling could also be considered as a hit by a blunt object."

After Shahidan ended his testimony, MACC's Abdul Razak asked for the first two pathologists who performed the first post-mortem be called to testify.

"They have performed the first post-mortem and were present in second," he said.

Government lawyer Tan Hock Chuan said he would consider the request and added that Abdul Razak's application was with merits.

But Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, the lawyer representing the Selangor government, objected to the recalling of the two pathologists.

He said allowing them to do so would give them an opportunity to correct their earlier testimony.

[More to follow]

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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