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Court overturns open verdict on Beng Hock

Hafiz Yatim  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today unanimously overturned the coroner's open verdict following the inquest into the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

Due to the importance of the case, the court has written three separate judgments on its decision.

Justice Mah Weng Kwai was the first to read his judgment. The other two who sat with him and who will also read out their decisions are Justice Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

Justice Mohamad Ariff heads the bench.


10.17am: Justice Mah rules that the magistrate (who sat as coroner) and the High Court in Shah Alam applied the wrong test of requiring Teoh's family to prove their claims (of the cause of his death) beyond reasonable doubt.

The correct test to be applied in a death inquiry or inquest is the balance of probabilities test.

He also says that Teoh's death was custodial death when  he was held by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

He rules Teoh did not accidentally fall by himself and therefore ruled out suicide as the cause of Teoh's death...

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