Monday, April 26, 2010

Dr. Peter Vanezis's Testimony

The Malaysian Insider today reported on the resumption of the Teoh Beng Hock inquest, highlighting the conviction of British pathologist Dr. Peter Vanezis (who was hired by the MACC) that Teoh was not strangled before he died but was more circumspect about the events that led to his demise.
In another Malaysian Insider write-up, Teoh’s sister, Lee Lan, who acted as spokesperson, told reporters outside the court that she found Dr. Vanezis’s final report (made available to the public after he took to the witness stand this morning) “unprofessional and unethical”.

She said the family did not accept his finding that her brother was alive and fully conscious when he plunged to his death from a window on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 16 last year.

She pointed out that the British pathologist had admitted the background information which had led to Teoh’s plunge was important to find out the real cause of his death. Lee Lan said Dr. Vanezis’s decision not to probe deeper by asking questions of the MACC officials who had briefed him on the events leading to the fall reflected poorly on his credibility. “He said he’s not a detective,” she said, quoting the forensic expert.

“But how can he just accept what they say like this?” she quizzed.

Dr. Vanezis had informed the court that he had taken the MACC’s version of events into account but that it did not necessarily mean he accepted the data was 100 per cent accurate.

Hmmn, doesn’t Dr. Vanezis sound more like a diplomat than a pathologist?

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