Khairy disputes claim by witness in Joshua Hilmy inquiry

Khairy Jamaluddin has denied knowing missing pastor Joshua Hilmi, whose disappearance is the subject of a public inquiry.

PETALING JAYA: Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has disputed the tetimony of a witness linking him to the disppearance of pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth.

Khairy described as untrue a statement by a witness at an inquiry by Suhakam, the human rights commission of Malaysia.

The witness was reported to have claimed that, in several emails, Khairy had warned Joshua to leave Malaysia and that Khairy had had several email exchanges with the missing pastor.

Khairy strongly denied the allegations, saying that he did not personally know the pastor nor the witness.

“I have never communicated with Joshua Hilmy either through emails or in any other form of communication. The testimony of Selvakumar Peace John Harris relating to me is untrue,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Joshua, a Malay Muslim who converted to Christianity, and his wife Ruth Sitepu, have been missing for three years. They were last seen on Nov 30, 2016.

Suhakam has previously held public inquiries into the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, and the inquiry panel had concluded that they were victims of an enforced disappearance.