The inquiry is being held under Section 12(1) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act in connection with the disappearance of Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat, as well as Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife Ruth Sitepu.
The panel of inquiry consist of commissioners Datuk Mah Weng Kwai as chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Aishah Bidin, and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh.
30 October 2017
Pastor Koh inquiry: Ex-IGP refuses to answer many questions
Khalid Abu Bakar tells Suhakam inquiry he does not have the answers or that giving details will interfere with investigations.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar today either declined or was unable to answer certain questions regarding the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh when asked during a public inquiry about the case.
Khalid seemed unable to recall specific facts on most questions posed and passed the buck to Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat instead.
Each time one of the family lawyers asked pertinent questions to help build the facts surrounding the case, Khalid either said he did not remember or did not know the answers to the questions posed.
When asked to elaborate about the suspects arrested in connection with the case, Khalid refused to answer the question, saying, “I reserve my right not to answer questions pertaining to the suspects as the case is still ongoing. The suspect might be arrested in the future so I cannot say anything.”
When inquiry chair Mah Weng Kwai asked Khalid who would know the answers to these questions, Khalid said, “The Selangor CID chief who is also the head of the task force set up to look into the disappearance of Koh.”
Khalid was being questioned on day three of the public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), into the disappearance of Koh and three others.
When asked about a shootout in Perlis in which evidence regarding the abduction of Koh was allegedly found in a suspect’s house, Khalid clarified that the items were found by members of the Bukit Aman Serious Crime Department.
He however refused to divulge further details about the suspects when asked about their race or if they were police informers.
When asked how many times he was properly briefed about the case, Khalid replied, “Two”.
“I was only briefed twice about the case by Fadzil. The first was a 10-minute briefing a few weeks after the incident occurred.
“The second briefing was 10-15 minutes long, also by Fadzil,” he said at the inquiry.
When asked if he knew that Koh was questioned by police before his abduction, Khalid said he could not give the answer to that question.
Koh was reportedly questioned nine times by members of the Special Branch.
“I was not aware or informed about this. PDRM is divided into 10 departments. Each department has its own director and they will give instructions for their own departments.”
When asked about the police’s cooperation with their Thai counterparts on the Perlis case, Khalid said, “We are working closely with our Thai counterparts. I do not want to give any other information on what was revealed to us as investigations are ongoing.”
October 30, 2017
Police should have acted quicker in Koh abduction case, says ex-IGP
KUALA LUMPUR: Former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has admitted that police were slow and should have acted quicker in investigating the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh.
Khalid made the admission when asked if the time taken by the police to record the first statement of the case from the first witness was too long and, therefore, not efficient.
“Yes (valuable time was lost),” he said.
When Khalid was asked if this was a lapse by the police, he said: “Yes I agree.”
Khalid was questioned on day three of the public inquiry into the disappearance of Koh and three others by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).
The inquiry will consider, among other things, whether the cases of Koh, Amri Che Mat, and Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth, were cases of enforced or involuntary disappearances as defined under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
The public inquiry is chaired by Mah Weng Kwai, a retired Court of Appeal judge, and includes a panel consisting of Suhakam commissioners Prof Dr Aishah Bidin from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Salleh from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.
On March 3, it was reported that the police were looking at three theories related to the abduction of Koh, which Khalid described as personal issues, extremist link and a kidnap-for-ransom case.
On March 20, Khalid blamed reporters for giving too much publicity and speculation into the case when the police had no new leads.
On June 25, Khalid was reported to have linked the abduction to a human trafficking group in southern Thailand, and that police were working with the Thai police on the matter.
Koh’s abductors could have learnt moves from TV, says ex-IGP Khalid
THE men who abducted Pastor Raymond Koh in such a professional manner could have picked up their skills from watching TV, former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar told a Suhakam panel of inquiry today.
The retired cop was subpoenaed to appear in the hearing by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) investigating the disappearance of the pastor and three other Malaysians.
Given a viewing of footage of the abduction, Khalid admitted that the operation appeared well-organised, but said he had seen better.
To a question from Bar Council lawyers on whether the masked abductors, who drove up in three black SUVs, looked like professionals, Khalid said they could have learnt the moves from “the movies or TV”.
Asked if he believed the abduction was a “special operation”, Khalid said “no”.
Khalid confirmed that he had told Raymond’s family not to speak to the media or attend candlelight vigils held for him, because he did not wish to have the investigation compromised.
Asked to respond to Raymond’s wife, Susanna Liew’s claims that she was disappointed in the police who seemed to be investigating her husband for proselytisation instead of looking for him, Khalid said police reports had been filed in Perlis against the pastor for proselytising.
“We were investigating Raymond from all angles. We had to look into his background and activities.
“We were also carrying on with the main investigation (into the abduction).”
Raymond’s family have repeatedly complained that they were not receiving information from the police on the status of the investigation into the pastor’s abduction, which took place on February 13.
They also said that during questioning, the police had appeared to be more interested in finding out if Raymond was guilty of proselytising.