Jaban admits staging disappearance


  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 Jun 2012

KUCHING: Peter John Jaban, who has admitted that he staged his own disappearance, is willing to meet with the police.

“I can come to a police station with my lawyer, provided the police are not rough with me,” Jaban said, according to Sarawak Report founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

In a statement posted on sarawakreport.org around 3pm yesterday, Clare said Jaban had admitted to running away, “because he feared he would be hurt if he was questioned by the police”.

“I am fearful of what they will do to me in custody,” Jaban was quoted as saying in the online post. Calls by The Star to Miri and Kuching police chiefs for their reactions went unanswered.

For now, the Sarawak Report statement said, Jaban felt safer lying low.

Jaban's disappearance was supposedly done on the spur of the moment when three people he knew spotted him and flagged down the car he was travelling in from Miri airport on Thursday.

“I'm sorry I left so abruptly,” Jaban said in the statement, adding that the three people in the car were “good Samaritans”.

The statement explained that the police and Immigration officials had interviewed Jaban at Kota Kinabalu International Airport, leaving Jaban with the impression that he would be stopped again at Miri Airport.

“In Sabah, the officer who interviewed me was very kind and let me go. The Immigration personnel was kind, too. It was only during the flight that I was fearful they would get me in Miri,” Jaban said in the statement.

The controversial radio announcer with Radio Free Sarawak said that as a former worker in the state Land and Survey Department, he knew he had broken his employment terms by revealing information that was supposed to be secret.

On his willingness to face the police, Jaban said: “I need to meet my lawyers and seek advice. I am willing to face them, but don't hurt me, don't harm me.”

However, the statement does not reveal Jaban's current whereabouts.

Meanwhile, PKR's Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said Jaban had yet to contact his own family members.

“I've conveyed the information about Jaban's safety to his family. They are slightly more relieved now, but they still have not heard from him,” See said, adding that he was “disappointed” with the turn of events as Jaban had asked him for help on the day he disappeared.

“Jaban is a friend. He got into trouble and asked for help, so we tried to help. We are unhappy that Jaban was not forthcoming about what was happening.”

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