KUALA LUMPUR: Police are open to the idea of re-investigating the case of Saiful Bahari Yunus, a former police officer with the rank of ASP, who claimed he was a victim of drug trafficking and smuggling activities in Kedah.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said he was interested in the clarification given by the former police officer and would give adequate space for Saiful Bahari to get justice.
“I will not make the mistake of not giving adequate opportunity to the accused (Saiful Bahari), but if he does not have strong evidence and claims that he is innocent, how can we proceed with the investigation?” he asked at a media conference after attending a ceremony to hand over “PDRM kuih raya” at Bukit Aman, here.
Saiful Bahari was attached to the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department and was suspected to be involved in the trafficking and smuggling of drugs in Kedah in 2017.
The IGP said police would also call his former superior officer Md Ali Amir Batcha after the Hari Raya to assist in the investigation into his claim that he was a victim of a conspiracy by the police’s Internal Investigation Unit.
Earlier, Md Ali who was alleged to have committed robbery while a police officer 20 years ago, had said he was “trapped in a false accusation” to protect high ranking officials at that time.
Recently, Md Ali, 65, who had served in the Criminal Investigation Department’s serious crimes division had claimed that the Pakatan Harapan government had set up a special tribunal to reopen the investigation into the allegation that he was involved in the robbery in the 90’s.
Md Ali had claimed that he was a victim of a conspiracy and wanted to prove that he was never involved in the robbery.