KUALA LUMPUR: Police observer ACP R Munusamy has cast doubt on whether gathering the location data of several witnesses in missing Perlis activist Amri Che Mat’s case would be of much use.
Yesterday, Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai had requested the police to gather the location data following the advice of Amri’s family lawyers.
Today, Munusamy said based on experience from the case involving murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, the location data would indicate the whereabouts of the person within a 2 to 3km proximity but “we won’t know their exact location”.
One of the family lawyers, however, disagreed with Munusamy saying it had proven accurate during the case of murdered deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais.
“The exact location of the accused was found using the location data through the help of satellites,” he said.
Munusamy, however, said he was involved in Morais’s case and said the lawyer might have been confused.
“We gathered the information through real time and not several months after the incident.”
The witnesses in the case included Amri’s wife, Norhayati Ariffin, and a police informer, Sgt Shamzaini.
It is unclear whether the location data for the owner of a gold Vios, Saiful Bahari, would also be gathered.
Witnesses had said Saiful was seen several times near Amri’s house on the days leading to his disappearance.
Mah advised the family lawyers to investigate the matter further but also urged the police to try and get the location data of the witnesses.
“We’ve already started with all the telecommunication companies,” Munusamy responded.
Amri 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.