More interviews needed to wrap up Musa’s criminal intimidation probe

Ramli Din (left) handing over his duties to his deputy Omar Mammah, who will be the acting Sabah police chief. Bukit Aman management director Asri Yusoff (centre) witnessed the ceremony.

KOTA KINABALU: Police will interview more people before completing the probe into the alleged criminal intimidation by former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman against state governor Juhar Mahiruddin.

Outgoing Sabah police chief Ramli Din said the preliminary investigation papers were submitted to the Attorney- General’s Chambers which instructed the police to gather more information.

Police have so far recorded statements from about 20 people, most of them from Sabah, he said to reporters at the Sabah police headquarters here today.

Ramli officially handed over his duties to his deputy Omar Mammah, witnessed by Bukit Aman management director Asri Yusoff.

Ramli said he was unaware if Musa had already been transferred to a government hospital or when the latter will return to Sabah.

“We have arrested him (and) he has been freed under police bail so he is free to return anytime he wants to.

“But police will monitor his movement. He’s under police bail so he’s got to report to us. Now we are concentrating on completing the investigation and will submit the papers to the AG for the next course of action,” he said.

Ramli had on Aug 23 confirmed Musa’s arrest, two days after he returned to Malaysia from London. He checked into a private hospital in Subang Jaya for treatment shortly after his return.

The former Sabah Umno chief has until Sept 11 to be sworn in as the Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, failing which he could lose the seat.

On the case of a senior police officer who sexually harassed six policemen under him and a Rela member, Ramli said he had been transferred to the Sabah police headquarters pending the outcome of an investigation.

“We are still investigating and will see if there are other reports that will come in,” he said.

A news portal had reported that the suspect sent lewd text messages to his victims and also invited them to a hotel room on the pretext of holding discussions.

If they declined, the police officer would cold shoulder them and exclude them from activities at the district police headquarters.

Meanwhile, Asri said there were plans to enhance the security in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) in light of the increase in tourist activities in the region.

He said he has held talks with Eastern Sabah Security Command chief Hazani Ghazali on the matter.