Cop: Release and re-arrest not unusual

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  • Thursday, 04 Aug 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: There was nothing unusual in the release and later re-arrest of accused Mohamad Najib Zulkifli, a chief inspector told a murder trail here yesterday.  

Prosecution witness C/Insp Zulkarnain Samsudin rejected suggestions by defence counsel Gobind Singh Deo that it was unusual for Najib to have been released after his statement was recorded on Oct 9 last year.  

Gobind Singh had also suggested that, during the murder trial Najib was only re-arrested because he refused to go along with a “greedy request” by police personnel. 

However, C/Insp Zulkarnian, from the city police serious crime division, said he did not know of any such thing. 

The officer also denied another suggestion by the lawyer that Najib was charged with Jian Huang’s murder because the police tried to “fix up the accused” as he did not go along with their demands.  

Asked if he knew that Najib was re-arrested on Oct 12 last year, the witness said he did not. 

Najib, together with businessman Koh Kim Teck, 51, and another bodyguard Resty Agpalo, 33, are accused of murdering 14-year-old Jian Huang at a house in Jalan Mengkuang, off Jalan Ampang here, between 11pm on Sept 26 last year and 3.30am the next day.  

At the onset of the hearing, C/Insp Zulkarnain told another defence counsel V. Sithambaram that six people were detained as suspects in the case. 

Besides the three accused, he named the others as Fang Shu Jing, Mohd Razbean Mohd Taib and Darwati Ngawoto. 

C/Insp Zulkarnain said he interrogated Agpalo and Koh after arresting them and recorded a statement from Najib before and after the other two were charged with the murder of the Chinese national.  

To a question, he said Koh’s two-year-old son and a woman from Kelantan, known as Siew Eng, were present when he detained the businessman and Fang in the early hours of Sept 28. 

He, however, refuted a suggestion that he took the child and woman to the police station to threaten Koh. 

To a question, he said Mohd Razbean was arrested in connection with a burglary report lodged by Agpalo on Sept 23 last year. 

Asked if he knew that the investigation into that case was already over, C/Insp Zulkarnain said he was not aware of it. 

To another question, he disagreed that he had interrogated Fang, adding that she could have been subpoenaed to be a witness. 

He said he did not know that Fang had been jailed by a magistrate’s court here for 10 months for overstaying.  

The hearing continues before Justice Abdul Kadir Musa today. 

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