MACC Malaysia ropes in top British pathologist
The Star, Saturday November 14, 2009 - By WANI MUTHIAH
SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has engaged the services of a prominent British forensic pathologist to observe the second post-mortem on political aide Teoh Beng Hock on Nov 22.
Prof Peter Vanezis will observe the post-mortem with Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand who has been engaged by the Selangor government.
Prof Vanezis is the director of the William Harvey Research Institute's Cameron Centre for Forensic Medical Sciences and senior consultant in Forensic Medicine to the British Armed Forces. He has conducted more than 2,000 post-mortems involving suspicious deaths.
He also conducted post-mortems for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
However, his most high-profile case was when he was engaged by Harrods owner Mohamed al-Fayed to determine if Henri Paul, who was driving the car in which his son Dodi and the late Princess Diana died, was drunk during the accident. He was also a witness at Diana's inquest.
Prof Vanezis was also involved in the tests to find out how a 5,300-year-old Italian shepherd, whose mummified body was found at the tztaler Alps near the Austrian and Italian border in 1991, had died.
MACC's head of prosecution Datuk Abdul Razak Musa said Prof Vanezis would be in Malaysia for three days. Teoh's remains will be exhumed on Nov 21 and the post-mortem will be done the following day.
Bernama Nov 13, 2009
MACC appoints UK forensic expert as its observer Teoh Beng Hock
SHAH ALAM : The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC Malaysia) has appointed an independent forensic expert, Prof Dr Peter Vanezis, from the United Kingdom, as its observer for the second autopsy on Teoh Beng Hock on Nov 22.
Datuk Abdul Razak Musa, representing the MACC Malaysia at the inquest into Teoh's death, disclosed this to the media after the inquest proceedings were adjourned today. He said Dr Vanezis was a director for the Cameron Centre for Forensic Medical Sciences, London, and had carried out 2,000 autopsies for cases of sudden death of which 1,500 involved homicides.
Teoh's body will be exhumed on Nov 21 at the request of his family for the second post-mortem which will also be attended by Thai pathology expert Dr Porntip Rojanasunan, on behalf of the Selangor state government. The inquest proceedings today were adjourned until Dec 9 to hear testimony from a member of the Kajang Municipal Council, Tan Boon Wah, who is involved in a civil suit against the MACC which will be decided by the High Court next week.
Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas adjourned the proceedings after allowing the request by lawyer Karpal Singh, representing Tan, so that his client could testify after the High Court makes its decision in the civil suit case on Nov 19. Tan, 39, one of the two Selangor state executive councillors and five state assemblymen under investigation by the MACC for alleged misappropriation of Selangor state fund, was scheduled to testify as a witness in the proceedings today.
Lawyer Tan Hock Chuan (representing the Malaysian government), Gobind Singh Deo (for Teoh's family) and Abdul Razak did not object to the application. On July 22, Tan filed a suit against MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, MACC Assistant Superintendent Mohammad Hassan Zulkifli and the MACC as he claimed that he was wrongfully detained and interrogated on July 15.
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