We cooperated with Suhakam right from the start, says top cop

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

PUTRAJAYA: Top cop Mohamad Fuzi Harun today dismissed claims that the police had not cooperated with the Suhakam inquiry into the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.

“From the very beginning of the inquiry, we gave our full cooperation to Suhakam,” he said, referring to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia.

“All these are just accusations. We tried our best. The witnesses who went missing or did not respond, we went all out in trying to ensure that they came forward when called by Suhakam to attend the inquiry.

“But if the person has quit (his job), it is hard for us to trace him. We sent feelers to remind and ensure that the witness was present at the inquiry, but if they don’t appear, it is out of our jurisdiction,” he told reporters after officiating the APAC Policetech conference and exhibition here today.

He was responding to Suhakam, which accused the police of not giving their full cooperation in efforts to locate witnesses.

The witnesses who were a no-show at the inquiry include Saiful Afdzan, a restaurant owner in Perlis, and Saiful Bahari from the police Special Branch, whose car was allegedly seen near the place Amri was abducted.

Fuzi reiterated that the police would cooperate fully in any investigation on its alleged involvement in the disappearances of Koh and Amri.

He added that they would abide by instructions by government leaders to investigate the cases.

He dismissed Suhakam’s claim that the police had been tardy in beginning their investigations, saying they had acted according to due process.

“Investigation papers are initiated if a case has criminal elements. This is normal procedure, before they are converted into investigation papers (if criminal elements are found,” he said.

He also hit out at Suhakam for announcing the results of the inquiry to the public, saying the report should have been given only to the police, home ministry and other relevant authorities.

Last week, Suhakam issued its report following 18 months of inquiry into several missing persons. The report concluded that the police’s Special Branch was involved in the disappearances of Amri and Koh.

Fuzi, who is scheduled to retire as inspector-general of police next month, was the Special Branch director at the time of the disappearances.