Task force probing missing duo gets new members

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 11 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Two more people have been added to the task force probing the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat following calls for a more balanced and impartial panel.

The two new members are Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commis-sion (MACC) assistant commissioner Azian Umar and senior lawyer Datuk Roger Tan. With the additions, there are now seven members in the task force, including the chairman, former High Court judge Datuk Abd Rahim Uda.

The others are Comm Datuk Zamri Yahya, who is Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department director, Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) operations director Datuk Bukhari Ab Hamid, Mohd Sophian Zakaria of the Attorney General’s Chambers and Mohd Russaini Idrus, who is the undersecretary for the Police Commission.

In a statement, the Home Ministry said it had taken into account public opinion calling for the composition of the task force to be more balanced and impartial.

The presence of Zamri, said the ministry, would help the task force as the department had the legal power to summon police officers to give their statements.

“With these two new members, it is hoped that the task force is able to carry out their duties in an efficient and trustworthy manner, and with integrity, without raising any prejudice or doubt from anyone,” it said.

Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Noor, formerly the chief of police’s legal unit, had voluntarily withdrawn from the task force after several groups claimed that his presence posed a conflict of interest.

Tan, a Bar Council member who has been in active legal practice for the past 30 years, was a commissioner with the National Water Services Commission from 2009 to 2017.

In 2008, Tan was appointed by the International Bar Association as part of an international team to examine the state of the judiciary and rule of law in Fiji. He is currently president of the Strata Management Tribunal.

The Cabinet formed the task force last month following Suhakam’s verdict last April that Bukit Aman’s Special Branch was likely the reason behind the disappearances.

Amri, the co-founder of NGO Perlis Hope, went missing on Nov 24, 2016, after leaving his home in Kangar in an SUV at about 11.30pm.

Koh, who founded the NGO Harapan Komuniti, was believed to have been abducted by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10 in Petaling Jaya on Feb 13, 2017, while on his way to a friend’s house.

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