Key witness Saiful Bahari is not a policeman, says IGP

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 25 Apr 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Saiful Bahari, said to be a key witness in the disappearance of social activist Amri Che Mat, is not a policeman, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

He was responding to questions whether the police would issue an arrest warrant against the individual, who was initially identified as a police contract worker, so that he cooperates with police investigations.

“He was not a policeman. He

was a civilian working with the police.

“He has since resigned from his job,” he told a press conference after witnessing the handing-

over ceremony of the post of the Bukit Aman Narcotic Crimes Inves­tiga­tion Department (NCID) director.

The IGP said that police investigations into the disappearances of Amri and Pastor Raymond Koh had been referred to the Deputy Public Prosecutor.

“We will wait for the DPP’s instruction,” he said.

Koh went missing on Feb 13, 2017, after he was abducted by a group of men while on his way to a friend’s house in Petaling Jaya.

Amri, the co-founder of NGO Perlis Hope, went missing on

Nov 24, 2016, after stepping out of his home in Kangar at about 11.30pm.

The inquiry by Suhakam began on Oct 19, 2017, and ended on March 6.

Suhakam concluded that Amri and Koh were victims of enforced disappearances, where direct and circumstantial evidence in both cases proved on a balance of probability that they were abducted by state agents, namely the Special Branch, Bukit Aman.


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