Many questions over pastor’s abduction — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

A LETTER from the IGP triggered the derailing of the Suhakam Inquiry into the abduction of Pastor Koh just when it was about to commence its final three days’ hearing. Two crucial witnesses were required to take the stand: a senior officer from the Special Branch unit of the police; and a technical officer to explain the malfunctioning of the critical CCTV cameras along the alleged abduction route.

The IGP’s letter to Suhakam stated that a person had been charged the day before for the kidnapping and abduction of the pastor. Together with seven others at large. All very well it appeared until it was revealed that the person charged was a young Chinese part-time driver. The same person that the police had charged in an ongoing trial for trying to extort money from the family by alleging (falsely) that he had information on the missing pastor.

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Wife of pastor missing for 200 days pens scathing letter to IGP

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — The wife of pastor Raymond Koh penned an open letter to police today, the 200th day since her husband was abducted, to express disappointment and consternation over the handling of the investigation.

In Susanna Liew’s letter, she said her family was denied updates on the investigations and forced instead to learn of new developments via the Inspector-General of Police and his officers’ remarks reported in the news.

Liew also noted that investigations appeared to shift towards Koh and his alleged proselytisation prior to his abduction, rather than on locating the missing Christian pastor.

Police announcements on the case were also “disturbing”, she said when complaining that these were often “sensationalist” and “inconsistent”. Read more

IGP: Cops probing group for linking authorities in cases of missing activists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 ― Police are investigating a group for alleging that the authorities are involved in several cases of missing activists, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

Khalid said the matter is being investigated under Section 504 (b) of the Penal Code, which deals with the intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

“This is a serious allegation and we will not allow them to take this opportunity to make baseless accusations.

“If you have evidence, bring it to us and we will take action. Don’t try to ‘spin’ the situation by making it seem as though the authorities are involved,” he said to reporters during a press conference held at the Federal police headquarters today. Read more

Malaysia deports 3 Turks believed to be in militant group

Source: NZ Herald

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ” Malaysian police said Friday they have deported three Turkish men suspected of links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of being behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey last year.

Human Rights Watch slammed the decision, saying the men face possible torture and prolonged pre-trial detention.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the three men were sent to Ankara on Thursday after being found to be involved with an alleged terrorist organization headed by Gulen. He said the men also were illegal immigrants because Turkey had canceled their passports.

School principal Turgay Karaman and businessman Ihsan Aslan went missing May 2 and were initially feared to have been abducted before police said they had been detained without trial for being a threat to national security. Two days later, academic Ismet Ozcelik was held. Police initially said all three men were believed to be linked to the Islamic State group. Read more

Malaysia’s Deportation of 3 Turks Condemned

Source: Benar News

U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen is hanged in effigy in Ankara, Turkey, during a protest targeting a failed coup against the government of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Aug. 2, 2016. Pic from AFP.

Three Turkish citizens who were in Malaysian custody for allegedly threatening national security have been deported to their home country because of suspected involvement with a cleric branded by Ankara as a terrorist leader, Malaysia’s police chief said Friday.

International rights groups and organizations Friday slammed the Malaysian decision to forcibly send the three back to Turkey, saying their lives would be in danger. The men’s relatives in Malaysia accused the authorities of failing to notify them about their loved ones’ expulsion in the middle of the night.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said Friday the three were expelled a day earlier because they allegedly belonged to a group labelled by Turkey as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO). Read more

Malaysia: Longtime Turkish Residents Detained

Source: Human Rights Watch

(Kuala Lumpur) – Malaysian authorities on May 2, 2017, detained without charge two Turkish nationals who are longtime Kuala Lumpur residents, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should provide the basis for holding the men – Turgay Karaman, the principal of Time International School in Ipoh, and Ihsan Aslan, a Kuala Lumpur-based businessman – and allow them full access to legal counsel and contact with their families.

On May 3, Malaysia’s inspector general of police, Khalid Abu Bakar, tweeted that police were holding the men on suspicion of national security offenses under article 130 of Malaysia’s penal code, relating to harboring or assisting a “prisoner of State.” But at a news conference the next day, Khalid said the two were being held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA), an administrative detention law. Read more

Death of tahfiz student: Education Ministry leaves investigation to police

Source: The Sun Daily

Mohamad Thaqif Amin

Mohamad Thaqif Amin

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has left it to the police to carry out a full investigation into the death of a tahfiz (religious school) student who was allegedly beaten up by an assistant hostel warden at the school.

It’s minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said although the school was not registered under the ministry, the issue was still deemed as related to the country’s education institution.

“We extend our condolences to the family of the student involved. Although I was made to understand that the school is not registered, it is still an education institution that has students and teachers.

“This matter is certainly beyond our expectation because it involves a heavy offence…We leave it (the matter) to the police,” he said when met by Bernama after the UMNO Supreme Council meeting at Menara Dato Onn here yesterday.

Mohamad Thaqif Amin, 11, whose legs were amputated on Friday to prevent infection, died at 2.05pm at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru today, where he had sought treatment. Read more

Was Chong alone at border, PKR’s Sivarasa asks police

Source: FMT News

Subang MP says police should clarify comment from IGP Khalid Abu Bakar that Peter Chong was not abducted and seen crossing border into Thailand. Pic from FMT News.

Subang MP says police should clarify comment from IGP Khalid Abu Bakar that Peter Chong was not abducted and seen crossing border into Thailand. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s Subang MP R Sivarasa wants the police to give more details on activist Peter Chong, who was reportedly seen boarding a bus crossing the Malaysian border to Thailand.

Sivarasa said the police should reveal whether Chong was alone or if he was seen with others on the bus.

“They should also track his whereabouts and where he bought the bus tickets from. If he was carrying a bag or a luggage bag, and if he was alone or with someone else.

“It will help us understand what is happening,” he told FMT when asked to comment on Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement this morning that Chong was in Thailand.

Yesterday, Sivarasa said he and other MPs had been informed that Chong’s Facebook Messenger was active over the weekend up to the morning of April 11. Read more

IGP: Only Pastor Koh abducted, the rest just missing

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — Bukit Aman has warned several parties including the Bar Council from allegedly confusing the public over a recent spate of missing activist, especially over social media.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said from the five cases claimed to be abductions, only Pastor Raymond Koh’s case is confirmed as one, while three other cases are classified as missing people, and Peter Chong had in fact fled the country.

“I see that it has been made viral, all these people have been kidnapped. I want to warn those who want to confuse, this is not true.

“These five people have not been kidnapped. We have proof only one person has been abducted, that is Pastor Koh,” he told reporters during a press conference at Bukit Aman today. Read more

Cops say probe on 1MDB done, over to AGC

Source: The Malay Mail Online

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the investigations on 1MDB have been concluded for ‘some time’. — Reuters pic.

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the investigations on 1MDB have been concluded for ‘some time’. — Reuters pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 ― The police said today its investigation on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been completed, and the relevant documents on the case have been handed over the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the investigations have been concluded for “some time”.

“Police is investigating 1MDB as a whole. We have completed the investigation and we have handed over the investigation papers to the AGC,” he told reporters during a press conference at Bukit Aman today.

The police chief however clarified that his force is not involved in the probe on former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International. Read more