Cops told to get location data of witnesses in Amri’s disappearance

Norhayati Ariffin, wife of missing Perlis activist Amri Che Mat.

KUALA LUMPUR: Rights commission Suhakam has requested a police officer investigating the disappearance of Perlis-based activist Amri Che Mat to check the location data of three witnesses, including Amri’s wife Norhayati Ariffin and a policeman known as Shamzaini, the police “whistleblower” who she said had leaked troubling information about her husband.

Norhayati previously claimed that Shamzaini had met her on the night of May 12, and revealed to her that a police team from Bukit Aman was responsible for the disappearance of Amri as well as that of Pastor Raymond Koh early last year.

At the inquiry into their disappearance today, Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai also requested Inspector Khor Yi Shuen to check location data of one Saiful Bahari, the owner of a Vios car with the registration number PFC1623.

Witnesses have said Saiful was seen several times near Amri’s house on the days leading to his disappearance.

Khor said his officer had gone to the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) where Saiful worked as an administrative officer until March this year. He said the officer had asked his supervisor whether Saiful had reported for work during the week before Nov 24, 2016, when Amri went missing.

But Khor said they had not verified whether his car was at the parking lot every single day of that week and that apart from the Vios, Saiful also rode a motorcycle.

Meanwhile, while Norhayati has claimed that Shamzaini had told her that police were involved in the disappearance. Shamzaini later filed a police report denying her claim.

Norhayati’s lawyer informed Suhakam that checking the data location was possible through the telco companies.

“They have the information for this for at least the last six months,” he said.

“Inspector Khor will also have to find out which service provider the three were using,” Mah said. “And that’s assuming the three of them had their phones with them.”

The lawyer said it was highly likely that Norhayati had her phone with her, as she was at home on May 12.

“It would be helpful to know her location as well,” he said.