Felicia Teo case: a suspect requests a release equivalent to an acquittal for murder

SINGAPORE – One of two suspects in the 2007 disappearance of Ms Felicia Teo Wei Ling has appealed for a release amounting to an acquittal for her murder.

Court records show lawyers for Ahmad Danial Mohamed Rafa’ee, 37, filed an appeal on Friday July 8. He is represented by Mr. Shashi Nathan, Ms. Tania Chin and Ms. Laura Yeo.

At a hearing last month, Ahmad Danial received a discharge not tantamount to an acquittal for the murder of Ms Teo, which is a capital crime.

This means he can still be prosecuted for his alleged murder in the future if there are any developments in the case, such as new evidence emerging.

If he succeeds in appealing a discharge amounting to an acquittal, he can no longer be charged with the same offence.

Ms Teo, who would be 34 this year, was reported missing on July 3, 2007 and later presumed dead.

Ahmad Danial was originally charged with the murder of Ms Teo between 1.39am and 7.20am on June 30, 2007 in an apartment in Block 19, Marine Terrace with alleged accomplice Ragil Putra Setia Sukmarahjana, who is at large.

He was charged with murder in December 2020. Last month, the prosecution replaced him with six counts of less serious offenses and offered him bail.

At the time, Mr Nathan argued that a release not amounting to an acquittal meant the murder charge would hang over his client’s head for ‘an indefinite period’.

Prosecutors then told the court that the main reason they were seeking a release that did not amount to an acquittal was that Mr. Ragil was still at large.

Ahmad Danial’s current charges include leaving Ms Teo’s body around Punggol Track 24 as well as misappropriating her phone and other property on or around June 30, 2007.

He is accused of intentionally failing to give information about Ms Teo’s sudden or unnatural death to the police, when he was legally required to do so.

He allegedly fabricated false evidence by placing Ms Teo’s phone near East Coast Park between 7:20 a.m. and 8:22 a.m. on June 30, 2007 to support false information given to police that she had been there.

He also allegedly fabricated fake evidence by calling Ms Teo’s phone, leaving her voicemails and sending her social media messages to create the false impression that he believed she was still alive.

On July 11 and 25, 2007, he is suspected of giving false information to two police officers that Ms Teo left the Marine Terrace apartment alone on June 30, 2007 and that he did not know what happened to her. .

Mr. Ragil is named an alleged accomplice of Ahmad Danial in all of these charges, including the original charge of murder. He is at large and is believed to be in Indonesia.

Ahmad Danial was due to plead guilty to all six counts earlier this week, but the hearing was adjourned after his lawyer said there were several issues to be resolved on “facts, conviction and documentation”.

Those found guilty of laying a dead body can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to S$2,000 or both.

Anyone who fabricates false evidence can be imprisoned for up to seven years or fined.

The penalty for misappropriating a deceased person’s property is up to three years in prison and a fine.

The penalty for failing to provide information to officials, as required by law, can be up to one month in jail and a fine of up to S$500.

Anyone who gives false information to an official can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to S$1,000 or both. CNA

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