IGP: Batash assassination suspects had accomplice

IGP Mohamad Fuzi Harun says the police are in the midst of tracking down the three suspects.

PETALING JAYA: Police believe that two individuals who assassinated Palestinian lecturer Fadi al-Batash in Setapak last week were supported by a third person who helped them make their getaway.

This came after a rented car, thought to have been driven by the suspects, was found and its owner identified, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said today.

He said he could not comment further as the investigation was ongoing and police were in the process of tracking down the trio.

He said police were, however, certain that the accomplice was waiting for the duo at Danau Kota, which is a five-minute drive from the spot where the shooting took place.

“We are uncertain if the suspects are still in the country or not,” Fuzi was reported as saying by The Star.

“I have already asked Interpol to help in our investigations and we have contacted our friends in the region to assist us as well.”

He also said police believed the suspects had resided in various places in Malaysia prior to the incident.

Batash, 35, was gunned down at about 6am on April 21 as he was walking from his condominium to a nearby surau on Jalan Meranti for dawn prayers.

He was shot more than 10 times at close range by two men on a motorcycle.

According to police, the assailants had waited for about 20 minutes for Batash outside his condominium before they ambushed him.

A Kawasaki motorcycle was found abandoned near a lake about nine minutes from the scene, from which police were able to trace a photo of one of the suspects.

The suspects were believed to have entered Malaysia some time in late January.

Fuzi also said police were liaising with the Palestine embassy here on the matter and were not in contact with Hamas.

Hamas had reportedly said after the killing that Batash was its “loyal” member who had made “important contributions” and participated in international forums on energy.

Israeli media reported that he was deeply involved in Hamas’ drone development project.