Time running out for special task force


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 11 Dec 2019

Where are they?: Koh (left) and Amri have been missing for years.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) is still waiting to see the final report of the special task force set up to investigate the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis Hope founder Amri Che Mat, says Datuk Mah Seng Kwai.

“We are waiting for the special task force to submit its report and they previously mentioned that it would be done by this December.

“Other than that, we have heard nothing, ” Mah said on the sidelines of the Human Rights Day Celebration yesterday.

Mah, who headed Suhakam’s panel inquiry on the disappearance of the two men, said the task force was supposed to submit its report to the Cabinet.

“We will certainly have to look at the report after that.

“Part of our recommendation was to have this special task force do further investigations and not to sit on our appeal, ” he said.

He noted that the task force was supposed to carry out a probe on matters which were not initially investigated with regard to the disappearance of the two men.

In April, Suhakam announced the findings of its inquiry into the disappearance of Koh and Amri, after a lengthy hearing which began in August last year.

The panel findings alluded to individuals or groups involved in the forced abduction of the two men, namely the police’s Special Branch.

Following this, the government announced the setting up of a six-member special task force in May to look into Suhakam’s findings.

Koh was abducted by masked men in Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Feb 13,2017, while Amri disappeared on Nov 24,2016 after leaving his home in Kangar, Perlis.

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