Cops still looking for info over alleged involvement of authorities in Wang Kelian trafficking case

  • Nation
  • Monday, 30 Jul 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are still looking for information about the involvement of the authorities or enforcement agencies in the Wang Kelian human trafficking case.

Bukit Aman CID Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Division principal assistant director SAC Maszely Minhad said there was still no proof that Malaysian officials were complicit in this case.

"So far, we don't have any evidence to show the involvement of police, the army, immigration and Perhilitan in the Wang Kelian case.

"If you do have any information with regards to this, please come to us. I still need to clear with the Americans (State Department)," he said during a conference in conjunction with the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on Monday (July 30).

The event was organised by Stop Human Trafficking (Shut), in collaboration with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council (MAPO).

SAC Maszely was responding to a Rohingya refugee who claimed that he had been trafficked seven times before reaching Malaysia.

He said they had identified 11 suspects, although none were from the authorities.

"That is one thing they cannot buy because in Thailand, they have charged two-star generals, police, mayor and government servants. In Malaysia there is none, because there is no evidence to implicate them," he said.

In May 2015, Malaysian police discovered 139 graves of human trafficking victims in 28 detention camps in the jungle of Perlis near the Thai border.

The victims were believed to be Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis. They were suspected to have died of abuse or malnourishment.

So far, only four immigrants have been charged in a magistrate's court over smuggling offences in relation to the case.

They were charged with committing the offences under Section 26A of the Anti-Trafficking In Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

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