IGP: Group in South Thailand linked to Pastor Koh’s abduction

khalid-pastorkohPETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has linked a group based in South Thailand to the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh in February this year.

However, Khalid did not specify if the group was involved in criminal or terrorist activities.

He said the investigation was linked to an operation last month when police raided the house of a drug trafficking suspect in Kampung Weng Dalam, Kedah on June 17.

On June 25, Khalid revealed police had found new leads in Koh’s abduction following a drug sting operation.

He had said photos believed to be of Koh’s house and his car were found in the suspect’s house. He added that the suspect was killed in a shootout with police.

“Following our questioning of four other suspects, we believe this group was involved in Koh’s abduction. The group was led by the suspect who was killed,” Khalid said at a press conference after a handing over ceremony for three Bukit Aman directors.

“We believe this group also has links with other groups in southern Thailand.”

Khalid added that Bukit Aman was also liaising with their Thai counterparts on the case.

“I cannot say with any certainty on that matter,” Khalid said, when asked if he had any indication as to the fate of Koh.

Koh was abducted by a group of masked men in SUVs along Jalan SS4B/10, less than 100m from the Police Housing Complex in Kelana Jaya on Feb 13.

He was driving a silver Honda Accord bearing the licence plate ST5515D to a friend’s house in Kelana Jaya when he was abducted.

CCTV footage showed that at least 10 men and seven vehicles were involved in the abduction.