Thursday, 2 December 2021

Irish, French ‘satisfied’ with Nóra postmortem, Malaysian police say


Irish and French police who observed the post-mortem on the body of Nóra Quoirin in Malaysia were satisfied with the work of the local pathology team, Malaysian media have reported.

The Malay Mail quoted the Negeri Sembilan police chief, Mohamad Mat Yusop, as saying: “There is no request from Ireland to do a second post-mortem.

“In fact, the liaison police officer from France was ‘very’ satisfied with the pathologist’s work.”

Mr Mohamad was referring to the pathologist from Kuala Lumpur Hospital¸ Mr Siew Sheue Feng, who led the team.

Nóra’s unclothed body was discovered in a ravine by a stream on Tuesday, following an intense 10-day search. Malaysian police on Thursday announced partial results of a post-mortem examination which concluded that the 15-year-old died from a haemorrhage of the intestine caused by stress and hunger.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan extended his sympathies to the girl’s family on Thursday evening, saying her disappearance and death was “every parent’s worst nightmare unfolding”.

Speaking in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim on Thursday evening, Mr Flanagan said: “As a father of two daughters myself, like I am sure every parent in the country, our hearts go out to the family. At this time of huge grief we can only wish them well for the future.”

Asked whether there was now any role for gardaí in investigating the tragedy, Mr Flanagan said he was pleased a Garda liaison officer was in Malaysia assisting the family and liaising with local police.

Neither the Department of Foreign Affairs nor the Garda has publicly commented further on the postmortem findings.

The Malaysian ministry of foreign affairs released a statement on Friday saying France had conveyed its appreciation for “Malaysia’s relentless efforts” to locate Nóra.

The Malaysian ministry stated: “Senator Dato’ Hj Marzuki Hj Yahya, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia received a telephone call from His Excellency Jean-Baptise Lemoyne, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France on 15 August, 2019.

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