Police officer refuses to produce camera footage at Pastor Koh inquiry

3rd Nov 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: ASP Supari Muhammad, the investigating officer in missing Pastor Raymond Koh’s case, refused to produce the camera footage that the police had collected along the route of the abduction of Pastor Koh when asked at the public inquiry conducted by Suhakam.

“I can’t tell you which camera we have secured footage for. Some traffic cameras were broken and not functioning. So I’m not sure.

“We have only one out of five cameras. It’s better to ask the taskforce the question on which camera was working,” he said when answering questions from the family lawyers of Pastor Koh.

ASP Supari was resuming his testimony on day five of the Pastor Raymond Koh public inquiry by Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

ASP Supari confirmed only one camera was secured.

“The other cameras were viewed at Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia (LLM) but no suspected vehicles were seen. The image was blur. So we did not secure the footage.”

When shown a technical report from the investigating task force at the inquiry, ASP Supari said he had not seen the report.

The family lawyers then pointed out that the technical report had said there were CCTV cameras at six locations that could help the investigation.

ASP Supari said he did not know for sure if the report was actually sent by his technical team.

When the family lawyers described the abduction to ASP Supari and asked if he thought the operation was well trained and well organised, he said “no, it could have been done by anyone”.

He also disagreed that the operation was “well synchronised”.

“If it was the police it would have been better planned and executed. The location was not suitable for a police operation. The timing, traffic condition, location and weather would not be suitable for a police operation.

“The best location would be a place that did not endanger the public.”

ASP Supari confirmed that he asked his technical officers to trace Koh’s mobile phone.

“They traced the location and calls made and received. The officers are not required to update the family on this and if they did it would be beyond their job scope.

“The final ping from the phone was in Taman Mayang.”

When asked if the abductors had exited along Taman Bahagia, ASP Supari said “yes and then they used the smaller roads”.

ASP Supari agreed with the lawyers that if there were more CCTVs it would help the case but it also depended on whether they worked or not.

“At the end of Jalan Bahagia there’s a MPPJ CCTV camera that was not working. We did not get the footage from the housing areas.

“My technical officers did not inform me about the route taken by the abductors and I did not ask them about it.”

The public inquiry is chaired by Suhakam commissioner and former Court of Appeal judge Mah Weng Kwai, and includes Suhakam commissioners Prof Dr Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida.

The inquiry will consider, among other things, whether the cases of Koh, activist Amri Che Mat, and Pastor Joshua Hilmy and wife Ruth, were cases of enforced or involuntary disappearance as defined under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

Amri, 44, who co-founded charity organisation Perlis Hope, has been missing since Nov 24 last year.

His wife, Norhayati Ariffin, said witnesses saw five vehicles blocking the path of Amri’s car before he was whisked away, just 550 metres from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.

Joshua and his wife, Ruth, meanwhile, were last seen on Nov 30 last year. A police report was lodged in Klang but the case was referred to Petaling Jaya police as the complainant said the missing persons lived in Kampung Tunku.

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