Ex-SB man: I have nothing to do with Amri’s disappearance

Former police deputy commissioner Awaluddin Jadid says he made a courtesy call to Perlis mufti Asri Zainul Abidin in 2016.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former police deputy commissioner Awaluddin Jadid denied today that he had anything to do with the disappearance of missing Perlis activist Amri Che Mat.

He told the Suhakam inquiry into the disappearance of Amri, Pastor Raymond Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu, that he also did not know anyone by the name of Sergeant Shamzaini.

On May 12, Amri’s wife Norhayati Ariffin claimed that she met with a Sergeant Shamzaini who had implicated Awaluddin in Amri’s disappearance.

However, Shamzaini later filed a police report denying that he was Norhayati’s informer.

Awaluddin admitted that he met Perlis Mufti Asri Zainul Abidin in 2016 to discuss various issues, including Amri’s activities, but that it was only a “courtesy call”.

He said he made the “courtesy call” to Asri’s office on Oct 7, 2016, when he was with the Special Branch’s Social and Religious Extremism Division at Bukit Aman.

He said several issues were mentioned at the meeting, including an outlawed school of Islamic thought known as Tarekat Tijani and the Islamic State.

He did not deny that Shia Islam and Amri as well as Amri’s NGO, Perlis Hope, were among the topics discussed.

“We talked about Perlis Hope being a front for Amri’s Shia activities.”

Previously, Inspector Razman Ramli, who is with the Special Branch’s Social and Religious Extremism Divison at the Perlis police headquarters, had informed the inquiry that he was at the time investigating whether Amri was spreading Shia Islam teachings.

Awaluddin agreed with this but said Amri wasn’t the only person being investigated.

“We investigated all Shia practitioners, not only Amri,” he said.

To a question as to whether it was normal to carry out such surveillance, Awaluddin said: “We monitor based on intelligence which normally comes from the public through social media, networking and such.

“The Special Branch’s Social and Religious Extremism Divison has officers all over and the intelligence we gather will be provided to the departments and authorities concerned, including the Islamic religious authorities.

“The Special Branch doesn’t work to provide proof. We work based on intelligence, we then provide that to the religious authorities.”

Asked whether there was evidence tying Amri to extremist activities, Awaluddin said no.