70% of questions about missing pastor centred on proselytising, Suhakam panel told

14th Nov 2017

Koh family lawyer Steven Thiru asked ASP Supari Mohammad, who is the investigating officer in the Koh case, why during the three sessions the police questioned Liew, all the questions were about Koh’s alleged Christianisation.

Thiru then said it looks like the police focus was only on one area – Christianisation.

Supari disagreed that the most of the questions were on the subject.

“We were not only focusing Christianisation but other areas as well. We asked her about bank accounts, debts, activities and the information spread by Jais (Selangor Islamic Religious Department) about his activities,”   he said.

The Suhakam public inquiry enters its seventh day with Supari being called again to testify on the disappearance of Koh and three others.

Supari said during the questioning (of Liew), he had narrowed down the focus on the issue (of Christianisation).

He told the inquiry panel that they were also trying to see if there was any ransom demand.

Thiru then said Liew got angry because the focus of questioning was on Koh’s proselytising and not on looking for her husband.

“During the three sessions about 70% to 80% of the questions were on proselytising and this had upset Liew.  

“It is understandable that she was annoyed and shouted at you,” he said.

Supari said it was understandable that she was angry but he was only trying to help her.

“I understand that she is the victim’s wife. She did raise her voice at me but it is all right.”

Liew was questioned by police on Koh’s disappearance on February 13, the day he went missing and on February 14 and 16.

Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai chairs the panel, which is also made up of Suhakam commissioners Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleha.

The Suhakam inquiry is setting out to determine if Koh’s disappearance and that of the other three – Pastor Joshua Hilmy, his wife Ruth, and social activist Amri Che Mat – are cases of enforced disappearance, a term for abductions carried out with the authorisation or support of the state or a political organisation. – November 14, 2017.


The link to the article can be found here: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/22859/