Suhakam to hold pub­lic in­quiry into Pas­tor Koh’s ab­duc­tion

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Malaysia (Suhakam) will be con­duct­ing a pub­lic in­quiry into the ab­duc­tion of Pas­tor Ray­mond Koh and sev­eral oth­ers who went miss­ing months ago.

Its chair­man, Tan Sri Razali Is­mail, said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that the pub­lic hear­ings were ten­ta­tively sched­uled to be held in Oc­to­ber.

In ac­cor­dance with the com­mis­sion’s man­date, the in­quiry will con­sider, among oth­ers, whether th­ese are cases of en­forced or in­vol­un­tary dis­ap­pear­ances, as de­fined un­der the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion for the Pro­tec­tion of All Per­sons from En­forced Dis­ap­pear­ance.

Un­der the con­ven­tion, an en­forced dis­ap­pear­ance is de­fined as the ar­rest, de­ten­tion, ab­duc­tion or any other form of de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty by agents of the State or by per­sons or groups of per­sons act­ing with the au­tho­ri­sa­tion, sup­port or ac­qui­es­cence of the State.

“The in­quiry will also con­sider whether the au­thor­i­ties, specif­i­cally the po­lice, have taken ad­e­quate steps to in­ves­ti­gate th­ese cases,” he said.

The com­mis­sion will also con­tinue to gather in­for­ma­tion from all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the po­lice and oth­ers who have been co- op­er­a­tive in find­ing the truth.

Koh was ab­ducted by a group of masked men in Ke­lana Jaya on Feb 13. Closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion footage showed that at least 10 men and seven ve­hi­cles were in­volved in the kid­nap­ping.

In June, po­lice found pic­tures of a man, be­lieved to be Koh, in a ve­hi­cle with the regis­tra­tion num­ber ST5515D out­side a house be­long­ing to a man, who was shot dead by po­lice dur­ing an op­er­a­tion at Kam­pung Weng Dalam in Bal­ing.

The dis­cov­ery shed light on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Koh’s ab­duc­tion, which led po­lice to ar­rest three drugs and firearms smug­gling syn­di­cate mem­bers in Ke­lan­tan, Perak and Pa­hang.

Po­lice re­vealed that the drugs and firearms smug­gling syn­di­cate had been in­volved in the ab­duc­tion of Koh.

Koh’s fam­ily mem­bers had of­fered a re­ward of RM10,000 for in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent. The re­ward was then raised to RM100,000.

Other than Koh, so­cial ac­tivist Amri Che Mat, Pas­tor Joshua Hilmi and his wife, Ruth Hilmi, were also re­ported miss­ing.

Amri, 44, was last seen on Nov 24 last year when five ve­hi­cles al­legedly blocked the path of his car be­fore he was taken away, just 550m from his home in Bukit Cha­bang, Perlis.

Joshua and Ruth were last seen on Nov 30 last year.

Tan Sri Razali Is­mail

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