KUALA LUMPUR: A Special Branch (SB) officer today said he was not aware if former SB director Fuzi Harun was informed about the police probe into activist Amri Che Mat’s alleged Shia activities.
Perlis SB officer Razman Ramli, testifying at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry into the disappearance of Amri, said officers investigating any case were required to inform their head.
“I informed my superiors but I do not know if they informed Fuzi.
“I don’t know if Tan Sri Fuzi got all the information. It is sometimes based on a ‘need to know basis’ which is practised in the SB,” he said.
Fuzi was the SB director during Amri’s disappearance in 2016, before he was promoted to inspector-general of police in September 2017.
Suhakam officers had asked Razman if information on the probe was channelled to Fuzi.
Razman said he only sent his reports to his superior.
He added that the police were probing Amri for alleged Shia activities in Perlis.
Amri, who co-founded an NGO called Perlis Hope, went missing on Nov 24, 2016. His wife previously said that five vehicles had blocked his car before he was whisked away, some 500m from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.
Among the witnesses summoned to the inquiry so far was Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who visited Amri’s house accompanied by the police and officers from the state mufti department.
Asri had said he went to Amri’s house to investigate “complaints” about Amri leaning towards Shia Islam, the school of thought labelled as deviant by Malaysian Islamic authorities.
However, the mufti denied any involvement in Amri’s disappearance.