Investigating officer claims Pastor Koh’s family not cooperative

2nd Nov 2017

ASP Supari Muhammad, who is attached with the Petaling Jaya district police station, said this related to questions on alleged proselytisation of Muslims.
He claimed he had asked the family about an episode where Koh had gone away somewhere for four days and that that they did not want to cooperate.
“His children and wife just said they didn’t know. His wife screamed at me and asked why I am harping on the conversion aspect.
“To me, it’s not fair because it’s a challenge to look for him,” ASP Supari said.
The police officer was speaking on Thursday (Nov 2) at a public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) into the disappearance of Koh and three others.
Koh’s family has claimed that the investigation into his disappearance appeared to
concentrate on alleged proselytisation rather than the pastor’s abduction.
ASP Supari added that as an investigator, he would not be satisfied until he knew what happened to Koh.
He also said that the four people arrested in June in relation to Koh’s abduction were remanded for 13 days before they were released.
In June, the then Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the police found compelling evidence that pointed to Koh’s kidnapping following a shootout with a drug and arms smuggler in Kedah.
Four people were arrested following the shootout and they were brought to Kuala Lumpur where they were remanded.
ASP Supari said that the suspects were paraded in an identification parade, but were not recognised.
The inquiry is being held under Section 12(1) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act in connection with the disappearance of PKoh, social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife, Ruth Sitepu.
Koh was abducted from his car by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10 in Petaling Jaya on Feb 13 at about 11 am while on his way to a friend’s house.
The panel of inquiry consists of commissioners Datuk Mah Weng Kwai as chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh.

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