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Dr M: Let IGP retire before we investigate him for Koh and Amri’s disappearance

April 4, 2019

* I need to see report before commenting – IGP on enforced disappearances  

PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun (pic) will be allowed to retire first before a new IGP is appointed to conduct an investigation into allegations that the Special Branch was involved in the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“He (Mohamad Fuzi) was then the Special Branch officer (head), but he is going to retire soon. We will let him retire first and then we will have another IGP who will conduct an investigation (on his involvement),” said Dr Mahathir.

He was commenting on the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam)’s public inquiry revelations on Wednesday (April 3) that there was direct and circumstantial evidence which proves, on balance of probabilities, that Koh and Amri were abducted by the Special Branch of Bukit Aman.

Mohamad Fuzi was the Special Branch chief at the time of the disappearance of the two men. He will be retiring from service on May 4.

Dr Mahathir also said that Suhakam needs to have evidence to support their public inquiry findings.

“This (investigation on the disappearance of the two men) needs evidence. I do not know if they have evidence to prove that this is what happened. If they have evidence, we have to take it up. This (disappearance of Koh and Amri) did not happen during our tenure. It happened during the previous Barisan Nasional government. A lot of the things done by Barisan are hidden from us and the public,” said Dr Mahathir.

He was speaking to the media after chairing a monthly Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) meeting here.

Suhakam commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai had revealed on Wednesday that findings by a public inquiry found Koh and Amri were victims of “enforced disappearance by state agents”.

Koh, who founded the NGO Harapan Komuniti, was 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.

CCTV footage of the incident showed at least 15 men and three black SUVs were involved in the abduction, which was done in “professional” style.

Amri, who was the founder of the NGO Perlis Hope and being investigated for allegedly spreading Shi’a teachings, had left his home in Kangar at about 11.30pm on Nov 24, 2016, in his SUV.

His car was later found at the construction site of the Bukit Cabang Sports School in the wee hours of the following day.


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