KUALA LUMPUR: The wife and daughter of missing activist Amri Che Mat are among the witnesses in the family’s lawsuit against the police and government regarding the probe into his disappearance.
Lawyer Larissa Ann Louis, appearing for Amri’s wife Norhayati Ariffin, said that they will be calling around 13 witnesses in the trial before the High Court here on Wednesday.
The government is expected to call around eight witnesses.
Norhayati filed a lawsuit against the government and 20 others over the conduct of the home ministry and the police during their investigations into her husband’s disappearance in 2016.
The list includes former IGPs Khalid Abu Bakar and Fuzi Harun, and former principal assistant director of the Special Branch’s social extremism division, Awaludin Jadid.
Amri, who co-founded an NGO called Perlis Hope, has been missing since Nov 24, 2016.
Norhayati’s claims against the defendants include the breach of law, breach of statutory duties, misfeasance in public office and negligence of duty of care, and breach of standard care.
She had previously filed a judicial review application to obtain a classified report over Amri’s disappearance. She succeeded in her bid to compel the government to produce the report.
However, the government has appealed the court’s decision and obtained a stay order to prevent the release of the report.
Human rights commission, Suhakam held a public inquiry into Amri’s disappearance between 2017 and 2019.
Subsequently, it concluded that Amri was a victim of enforced disappearance carried out by the state, specifically by the police’s Special Branch.