…cannot make the court do the right thing in a country where political will dictates, well, everything.
SHAH ALAM: Renowned Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand told the inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock that it was an 80% probability his death was a homicide.
(Dr Pornthip had been provided postmortem reports prepared by Dr Khairul Aznam Ibrahim from the Klang Tengku Rahimah Ampuan and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre’s Dr Prashant Samberkar as well as pictures of Teoh’s injuries.)
Referring to an anal tear Teoh suffered as a “penetrative injury”, Dr Pornthip said she had never seen this type of injury in cases of a fall.If the injury had indeed been caused by a bone protrusion, she said it would have come from the inside of Teoh’s anus. She said the abrasions on Teoh’s right upper thigh looked like he had been beaten with a piece of wood.
She added that there was a need to cut open the skin to check for internal bleeding to determine whether Teoh had been tortured.(Both the pathologists who had conducted the postmortem on Teoh had not done so.)
Dr Pornthip also said Teoh’s skull fracture was not typical of a transferred injury due to a fall but was more compatible with a blunt force being directly inflicted to the head.
She said the transferred injury to the skull due to the impact of the fall would typically cause a ring fracture at the base of the skull around the spinal column and not a cervical spine fracture as suffered by Teoh.
Dr Pornthip said Teoh, 30, was probably alive when he hit the ground but might have been unconscious before the fall. She said this was because there was no reaction wounds on his ankles and wrists to show he had instinctively tried to stop himself from hitting the ground.
She said it was possible he was unconscious from manual strangulation or pain from the anal region. She estimated his time of death to have occurred between 6am and 8am on July 16. -The Star Read the rest here.
Now the zeal will be to dispute the credentials and evidence of Dr Porntip Rojanasunand. Not that they can find holes in the credentials of this famed Dr Death. Here’s an interesting chronicle of her exploits in the face of adversity.
Dr Rafick in his blog posed some interesting questions post-Porntip pronounciations. Read it here. Now let’s remember firstly why this inquest took place.
In my opinion, there are way too many questions waiting to be answered that the Najib administration will have no choice but to give up the culprits. Some folks gotta pay for what happened to Teoh Beng Hock. Or it will become another ghostly millstone a la Altantuya Shariibuu and another custodial death superstar A.Kugan, around Najib’s neck.
People would probably close one eye to corruption, especially when it is so endemic in our civil service, corporations and politics, saying same bullshit, different day.
But this suspicious death is very close to looking like torture and subsequent murder. This shocks even the most jaded of us. Not that the government is new to the practice of murdering its own citizens. I mean I’m sure Musa Hitam could regale us with some tales on that score.
MACC is already a suspect organisation. This could be the best excuse to purge it off its borderline criminal elements, but then it has been a useful tool of governmental persecution, hasn’t it? But it has become too good at its job eh?
So yeah, I hope Mr 1Malaysia will also see some sense in 1Justice and 1Justice seen to be done.
My inner self sniggers at my naive hope, but hey, let’s keep the pressure on. I don’t care if Teoh wasn’t an angel. He doesn’t deserve to be murdered.