KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador today said his “premature” expose on the whereabouts of ex-SRC director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil prevented him from fleeing to a certain country.
“Remember the day I revealed there was an effort to hide him (Nik Faisal) somewhere and an effort to migrate him to a certain country? It didn’t happen because it was prematurely exposed by me,” Hamid told reporters after launching Ops Selamat at Menara TM here.
However, he said despite the change of plans, the police were aware of Nik Faisal’s present whereabouts.
Asked if he was in Indonesia, Hamid said “no” but Nik Faisal’s second wife was there.
“He was there once but now he is somewhere else and we know where he is
hiding,” he said.
At a press conference in August 2015, Hamid revealed there were attempts to hide key witnesses in the SRC International case “with assistance of some people in power”.
Hamid, who was then the Special Branch deputy director, claimed that one of the witnesses was hiding in New Zealand after having been in Indonesia and Thailand.
Nik Faisal is a key witness sought in the ongoing SRC International trial involving former prime minister Najib Razak.
He had been named by witnesses in the trial as the person who had control of Najib’s AmBank accounts, into which a sum of RM42 million was allegedly credited to.
However, efforts to bring him home to testify have not been successful as authorities investigating the case since 2015 have not been able to interview him.