KUALA LUMPUR: A witness who did not appear when called to testify in the public inquiry into several missing persons last month was a no-show at his court appearance today as well.
A representative from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) told the Suhakam panel that Saiful Afdzan, a restaurant owner in Perlis, did not show up at the Magistrate’s Court to face charges for failing to attend the inquiry for activist Amri Che Mat.
She said the police had issued an arrest warrant for Saiful which would be executed by the Dang Wangi police.
Sentul police chief R Munusamy previously said they would be charging Saiful under Section 174 of the Penal Code.
Saiful claimed he had witnessed Amri’s abduction in 2016.
He was summoned to appear before the inquiry but said he was unable to do so as he would have to close his shop in order to travel to Kuala Lumpur.
At the inquiry today, Perlis Special Branch officer Sergeant Mohd Shamzaini Mohd Daud said he had met Amri’s wife, Norhayati Mohd Ariffin, at her house on May 12, hoping to discuss whether she could rent her shop to him.
“Our initial conversation turned to Amri’s disappearance and she questioned my presence that night,” he said, adding that Norhayati became emotional when she spoke of her husband.
Another witness, ASP Azizi Hamid who is a Special Branch officer, also testified before the inquiry today.
He told the inquiry that he was the supervisor of Saiful Bahari, whose car was allegedly seen near the place Amri was abducted.
He said Saiful’s car was parked at the police training college during the week Amri was believed to have been abducted, two years ago.
“He was working on the week of 21 to 24 Nov,” he said.
However, Azizi added that Saiful had been missing from work since Nov last year and could not be contacted.
Panel chairman Mah Weng Kwai had asked Azizi to provide details such as Saiful’s picture to the commission as Suhakam officers had been looking for him for a long time to assist in the inquiry.
Amri, who co-founded an NGO called Perlis Hope, has been missing since Nov 24, 2016. Norhayati previously said that five vehicles had blocked his car before he was whisked away, some 500m from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.
The inquiry is also investigating three other missing individuals: Pastor Raymond Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth.
The inquiry will resume on Aug 24 when Perlis PKR leader and Perlis Hope spokesman Faisol Abdul Rahman will be called to explain why he sent a message to Shamzaini on “speaking the truth”, and quoted a passage from a hadith.
The hearing for Koh will resume on Aug 27.