Police never stopped probe on Wang Kelian case

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GEORGE TOWN: Police have never stopped or attempted to cover up its investigation on the discovery of human trafficking camps and mass graves in a hilly area of Wang Kelian, Perlis, as reported by a local daily recently.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Norashid Ibrahim said the probe into the case was still ongoing, and that the police were now in the process of prosecuting several suspects involved in the case.

“Actually, the police have never stopped or there have been no attempts to close the case. Instead, the investigation is still underway, but we don’t announce it to the public.

“…so far four people have been charged and several more are being prosecuted.

“In fact, police have also identified 10 more suspects believed to be related to the case,” he told reporters after opening the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge-Royal Malaysia Police Cycling programme here last night.

Norashid said the police were also working with the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) to locate 10 individuals believed to be in neighbouring countries.

He said the police would also hold a special press conference in the near future to clarify the issue so that all parties, especially the public, would understand the latest situation.

“The police will explain the progress of the case in the near future, I just want to stress that we have never stopped investigating,” he said.

It was reported that a two-year investigation by the New Straits Times Special Probes Team into the mass killings in Wang Kelian in 2015 has revealed startling new evidence, which suggests a massive, coordinated cover-up.

One of the biggest revelations was that the human trafficking death camps had been discovered in January 2015, but the police only announced the discovery on May 25 of the same year.

Another issue raised by the report was the police order to destroy the camps, which were potential crime scenes, before they could be processed by forensics personnel.