Blue wall of silence
The RCI stated that the conferment of extensive powers on MACC without checks and balances would inevitably result in those powers being abused, and such abuse becomes difficult to prove as the only witnesses would be those officers whose conduct was being probed.
The RCI stated that Teoh was first subjected to a calming therapy designed by investigating officer Anuar.
The RCI concluded that a second interview of Teoh was more like an inquisition and both officers Arman and Ashraf had acted the role of inquisitors.
The RCI opined that both Arman and Ashraf were specially selected by Hishamuddin though disguised as instructions coming from (Selangor MACCs head of investigations) Hairul Ilham Hamzah to carry out the interrogation.
The RCI was puzzled that Teoh was interrogated for a third time by officer Mohd Nadzri Ibrahim, who spent more than two hours grilling him despite Teoh having already been questioned by Arman and Ashraf.
The RCI concluded that Teoh was never released and was still detained by Selangor MACC as other witnesses were also not allowed to go home and his attendence was practically effected by force although claimed otherwise and therefore the panel cannot percieve Teoh would have wanted to stay a minute longer if he was free.
The RCI found that the deputy director was actively involved in the entire investigation of Teoh. He was described as a workaholic, whose presence struck fear in his subordinates.
The RCI had rejected Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanansunans view that Teoh suffered pre-fall injuries.
Due to the various shortcomings in an expert verifying the authenticity of the so-called suicide note written by Teoh as well as the undue delay in tendering the note, the RCI had attached no weight to the note in the deliberation of the case.