KL to seek Manila's help to quiz captured Galib

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  • Sunday, 14 Dec 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will seek the help of Philippine authorities to interrogate Galib Andang, or Commander Robot, over a spate of kidnappings which occurred in the east coast of Sabah since 2000. 

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government could rely on information provided by the Philippine authorities. 

“Or we could send a team to the country and interrogate Commander Robot ourselves. 

“We want to find out the extent of his involvement in the kidnappings,” he said after attending a Hari Raya open house hosted by Lembah Pantai Umno in Bangsar yesterday. 

He said the Government did not have the jurisdiction to extradite the captive. 

Commander Robot was captured by the Philippines armed forces in the south of the country on Dec 7. 

He was a top leader of the militant Abu Sayyaf group which was believed to be behind the kidnapping of Malaysians and foreigners in Sipadan in 2000 and in Lahad Datu in October. 

In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Yusuff said Special Branch and Criminal Investigation Department officials were preparing questions they wanted to ask Galib. 

Ramli said Sabah police officials were tasked to prepare the questions as they were the ones who investigated the Sipadan and Pandanan kidnappings three years ago.  

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