PETALING JAYA: Three Tuhan Harun sect members were picked up in an apartment in Papar in Sabah in connection with the murder of Pahang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip) assistant enforcement chief Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek.
The three, who went into hiding following the assassination on Nov 10 last year, were arrested by the Bukit Aman CID Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Stafoc) at about 2.30pm yesterday at the Melinsung Summer Bay Resort Apartment, about 40km from Kota Kinabalu.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah said two of those arrested were believed to be involved in the murder.
“The men, aged 36 and 37 from Johor Baru and Kluang respectively, were believed to be involved in the murder.
“Investigations revealed that the 36-year-old was the getaway driver during the murder,” he said when contacted.
Comm Hadi said the third suspect, 33, from Bachok in Kelantan was not involved in the murder but had been identified as a Tuhan Harun strongman who was sent to Sabah to raise funds for the sect.
“All three suspects will be brought to Kuantan soon,” he said.
With the arrests, Comm Hadi said police were still looking for one or two more suspects. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar congratulated the special CID ops unit on the suspects’ capture.
“Well done Stafoc, managed to detain three suspects in Papar, Sabah in connection with the JAIP murder,” he said in his tweet.
Ahmad Rafli was killed outside his house after a man called out to him. After greeting him, the man got out of his car and fired his gun three times, two of which hit Ahmad Rafli.
Subsequently, Khalid urged 31 followers of the cult to turn themselves in.
On Nov 20, Harun and two followers, including his wife, were detained after raids in Tangkak, Johor.