Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Transformers, Russian Version

A Russian amateur filmmaker called Alexander Semenov produced this 2.5 minute bootleg Transformers short with a couple of sub-$1,000 cameras, two hours' of footage and a month in the editing suite. It is insanely bad-ass: a perfect vision of an alternate universe where shirtless Russian thugs go bot-to-bot on dusty distant roads; supposedly more fun that the big-budget Hollywood equivalent. It's intriguing and I found this on boingboing.net yesterday:

Transformers from repey815 on Vimeo.

The Teoh Beng Hock inquest resumed yesterday with the police investigating officer ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal telling the Coroner’s Court that he was the person who found the mystery note among Teoh Beng Hock’s belongings on July 17 last year. The document, which is widely speculated to be a suicide note, was submitted at the inquest when Ahmad Nazri took the stand. Today, under questioning by Gobind Singh Deo who is representing the DAP’s political aide family, Ahmad Nazri had admitted to the court that he had not sent the note for any handwriting comparison. And this is an admission from the investigating officer? WTF!

Gobind and Selangor government lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar had questioned the relevance of the new evidence the AG’s Chambers has now tendered after Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand said that strict protocol was necessary in handling such evidence. The Thai forensic pathologist had testified last month that her institute mandated strict protocol in handling evidence like documents, such as conducting fingerprint dusting and DNA testing immediately after discovery.

Teoh’s family had expressed outrage with the AG’s Chambers for trying to tender as evidence in the Coroner’s Court a note it said was penned by him before he was found dead under mysterious circumstances last year. They said it was highly “suspicious” that Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail’s office would choose to bring up the evidence as the inquiry into Teoh’s death winds down, and ten months after it was allegedly found. They had expressed bewilderment as to why the AG had not immediately sought their help after the note was allegedly found among Teoh’s belongings two months after his death.

Abdul Gani has been put on the defensive after his office gave notice in the coroner’s chambers last month that they intended to introduce the note as evidence. Gobind had criticized the AG’s attempt of tendering new evidence at the final stages of the inquest as an abuse of the judicial process.

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