PETALING JAYA: The wife of Perlis-based activist Amri Che Mat, who disappeared in November 2014, has cautioned that a member of the task force set up to investigate her husband’s disappearance may face a potential conflict of interest.
“I am very unsatisfied with a member of the task force appointed,” Norhayati Mohd Ariffin told FMT when contacted.
She claimed that one of the members of the task force, Mokhtar Mohd Noor, who formerly led the Legal Department of the police force (PDRM), was directly involved in the investigations into Amri’s disappearance.
She added he got roped in when the investigating officer Khor Yi Shuen transferred the case to Bukit Aman.
At the time, she said he was still chairing the Legal Department there. She added that Mokhtar had also represented Bukit Aman during the Suhakam inquiry.
“Mokhtar is clearly an interested party and so (this) represents a conflict of interest.”
“My daughters and I are glad that the Malaysian government has finally taken steps to address the very serious findings of the Suhakam inquiry, including following up on the evidence of the involvement of PDRM’s Special Branch in both Amri’s and Raymond’s abductions.
“However, we are very concerned about the composition of this task force and how this impacts the independence and impartiality necessary for a credible investigation,” she said in a press statement.
Amri was the founder of a charity called Perlis Hope.
His wife claimed five vehicles had blocked her husband’s car before he was brought to a location near Bukit Chabang, Perlis.
She said the establishment of the task force does not mitigate the “serious anguish and suffering” she and her daughters have suffered due to PDRM’s conduct in their investigation into Amri’s abduction.
She added that the government has yet to respond to a request for compensation she sent last May 31.
The government has named former High Court judge Abd Rahim Uda to lead a task force to follow up on findings by the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) over the involvement of the Special Branch in the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and activist Amri Che Mat.
The home ministry also announced five members of the task force. Besides Mokhtar, the others are Zamri Yahya, director of the police’s Integrity and Standards Compliance Department; Muhammad Bukhari Ab Hamid, director of operations at the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC); Mohd Sophian Zakaria, legal officer at the public prosecution division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers; and Mohd Russaini Idrus, secretary at the Police Force Commission (SPP) for the home affairs ministry.
FMT is attempting to contact Mokhtar for his response.