Pastor Koh's family file civil suit against Malaysian govt

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: The family of Pastor Raymond Koh (pic) has filed a civil suit against the government over his disappearance, three years after he was abducted in broad daylight.

His wife Susanna Liew said they had no other option but to turn to the courts to get justice and the truth in her husband’s case.

She said that if the police and their special branch were capable of solving the murder of North Korean national Kim Jong Nam in a week, they should have been capable of solving her husband’s enforced disappearance.

“There was no choice but to file a legal suit so that we can get to the bottom of this and the truth of what happened, ” she told The Star.

The suit was filed against 13 defendants at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Tuesday (Feb 11).

Those named in the lawsuit include two former Inspector-Generals of Police – Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, former principal assistant director of Special Branch’s Social Extremism Division Datuk Awaludin Jadid, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed, and Selangor state CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat.

The other defendants were police officers Supari Ahmad, Khor Yi Shuen, Hazril Kamis, Mohamad Shamzaini Mohd Daud, Saiful Bahari Abdul Aziz.

Also named were the current Inspector-General of Police, the Royal Malaysian Police, and the government of Malaysia.

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

CCTV footage, believed to be of the incident, showed at least 15 men in tactical gear and three black SUVs involved in the abduction, which was done in a "professional" style.

In April, The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) concluded in an inquiry that the Special Branch was behind the enforced disappearances of Raymond and Amri Che Mat.

Amri, who was the founder of the NGO Perlis Hope, left his home in Kangar at about 11.30pm on Nov 24,2016, with his car found the next day abandoned.

In June 2019, a task force was formed to look into their disappearances, but Liew asked if there was any political will for the government to reveal what happened.

Liew said they had met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, but news on the case was still not forthcoming.

“Our hope is slowly fading, but because of faith in God, we still hang on. I believe Raymond is still alive and detained somewhere and we want them to be released as soon as possible. It is too long for the family to go on like that, ” she said.

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