IGP: Warrant of arrest for missing witness in Amri’s disappearance if needed

KUALA LUMPUR: Police today said it could issue an arrest for a witness who did not turn up in the recently concluded Suhakam inquiry into the disappearance of Perlis activist Amri Che Mat.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun also said that Saiful Bahari was a civilian who worked in the police force, but was not an officer.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), in its inquiry into the disappearance of Amri and several others, held on April 3 that the activist was a victim of enforced disappearance.

It named Bukit Aman’s Special Branch as responsible for his abduction, saying this was based on the testimony of Amri’s wife, Norhayati Mohd Ariffin.

The inquiry had heard that a car belonging to Saiful was seen near the place where Amri was believed to have been abducted.

Saiful failed to testify at the inquiry, prompting Suhakam to accuse the police of not cooperating.

Fuzi said police would continue their investigations and have referred the matter to the deputy public prosecutor.

“We are now awaiting further instruction.”

When pressed on whether police would issue a warrant of arrest for Saiful, Fuzi said, “If there is a need, we will do so.”

Previously, Fuzi said it was unfair to accuse the police of lacking the initiative to locate witnesses.

“To say that we had no initiative to call and ensure the person came forward, all these are unfair accusations,” he said, adding that police had tried without success to locate the missing witnesses.

Apart from Saiful, restaurant owner Saiful Afdzan also failed to appear when called to testify in the public inquiry.