Perlis Special Branch was monitoring Amri before he disappeared, Suhakam inquiry told

Perlis Special Branch was monitoring Amri before he disappeared, Suhakam inquiry told

By Ashley Tang | 26 June 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: A Perlis Special Branch officer has confirmed that social activist Amri Che Mat was being monitored over his alleged Syiah links prior to his disappearance.

“According to the investigation of my research papers on Syiah, Amri Che Mat is also on the list to be monitored,” Asst Supt Razman Ramli told an inquiry of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh, Amri, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife Ruth Sitepu.

ASP Razman heads the Perlis Special Branch Social Extremism Division.

During the inquiry Tuesday (June 26), he explained that his department monitored religious issues and social problems in schools, such as school fights.

When asked by Datuk Jerald Gomez, who is Amri’s family counsel, on what basis was he being monitored, ASP Razman said it was over allegations of the activist spreading the teachings of Syiah.

However, when probed further, ASP Razman said that since he helmed the department, Amri was not found spreading Syiah teachings.

ASP Razman was previously an officer in the Perlis Special Branch Economics Department before leading the Social Department in 2016.

He added that only officers from his department were involved in the monitoring of Syiah activities, as it was their main task.

Previously, Amri’s wife, Norhayati Mohd Ariffin, had claimed that ASP Razman was among the Special Branch officers who monitored Amri before his abduction in Kangar on Nov 24, 2016.

Amri left his home in Kangar in his SUV but never returned that night. His vehicle was later found with the windscreen smashed.

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26 June 2018- Live: Perlis Special Branch was monitoring Amri before he disappeared

LIVE: Perlis Special Branch officer to testify at missing activist inquiry

LIVE: Perlis Special Branch officer to testify at missing activist inquiry

| 26 June 2018

PERLIS Special Branch officer ASP Razman Ramli will testify at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry on the disappearance of activist Amri Che Mat today.

Razman has been summoned following claims by Amri’s wife, Norhayati Ariffin, that he and the Perlis police chief Ab Rashid, knew about Bukit Aman’s and the former inspector-general of police’s involvement in her husband’s abduction for allegedly spreading Shia teachings and dabbling in foreign exchange trading.

Norhayati had previously revealed how a Special Branch officer, Sergeant Shamzaini Mohd Daud from Perlis, had told her that her husband was under police surveillance before he went missing. She alleged that Razman was Shamzaini’s superior at the time.

Shamzaini, however, later denied every Norhayati said about him knowing about her husband’s disappearance in a police report.

 

Shamzaini said he only met Norhayati on May 12 to ask if he could rent shop space at her house.

But a family friend of Amri’s has testified that Shamzaini’s claim did not make sense as there was only one shop lot at the house which had already been rented out to Pharid Audio for 10 years.

Pharid Audio owner, Ris Chooi, will also be testifying to the panel today.

Amri went missing on November 24, 2016. He was believed to have been abducted by a group of people in four-wheel-drive vehicles that were seen surrounding his car in Kg Padang Behor, Perlis.

Suhakam is conducting a public inquiry into the disappearance of Amri, Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and Joshua’s wife, Ruth, to ascertain if they are cases of enforced disappearance.

The Malaysian Insight brings you live updates from today’s proceedings:

4.15pm: Amri’s family lawyer, Philip Koh, asks Razman if Amri possesses any weapons or is a threat to the country.

Razman says no.

Suhakam commissioner Dr Aishah Bidin ask Razman then asks Razman if there he has any proof Amri was involved in causing unrest.

Razman says there exists no report to show that Perlis Hope is a threat to national security.

The inquiry rests and will resume on July 2.

4pm: Gomez asks if he knew that Amri was investing large amounts of money in Forex.

Razman says he knew this as Norhayati had told him about it. 

Gomez then asks if Razman told them that the police was not involved in Amri’s abduction because of Shia activities. 

“Did you tell them that the police were not involved and that Sosma exists for that?”

Razman then denies telling them anything. 

Gomez subsequently ask why he went to the house. 

Razman responds that he went there to question Norhayati on whether Amri was taken because of a clash between Shia and Sunni. 

Gomez asks Razman if he knew that the Kangar police headquarters’ investigating officer Khor Yi Shuen had handed the case to Bukit Aman.

Razman says he did not know this. 

3.50pm: Gomez asks if Razman has visited the scene of Amri’s abduction. 

Razman says yes. 

Gomez asks why he went there. 

Razman says that it was his initiative. 

“I went there because Amri was also mentioned in our report.”

Gomez asks if Razman was ever part of the Bukit Aman special operations. 

Razman says no. 

3.35pm: Gomez asks Razman when he found out that Amri was abducted.

Razman said that he was informed by a police officer the following day after he went missing.

Gomez asks if he went to Norhayati’s house.

Razman says he went the next day.

“I introduced myself as a policeman to the wife, her children and their family friend.”

3.10pm: Gomez asks Razman why did Dr Maza post on his Facebook that the briefing with DSP Awaluddin was on extremists and say beware of Perlis Hope. 

Razman says that it was just a casual briefing. 

Gomez then asks Raman if Awaluddin is still carrying out investigations on Amri and Perlis Hope. 

Razman says he does not know. 

2.50pm: Gomez asks Razman if he can confirm that during the meeting there was any discussion of Perlis Hope and Amri. 

Razman says that he can only confirm there was a discussion. 

Gomez asks if it is normal for the police to share information with the public. 

Razman says no. 

Gomez asks whether the meeting was about extremists and Amri. 

Razman says it was only a casual meeting on deviant teachings in Perlis. 

2.30pm: Gomez shows Razman a picture of Amri’s house. 

He asks Razman where they got the picture for the PowerPoint presentation that was presented to Dr Maza by DCP Awaluddin during their meeting. 

Razman says that the picture was from their previous record of the raid at Amri’s house by the Perlis mufti department.

Gomez asks Razman who is in charge of the investigations into Amri and Perlis Hope. 

“Where did the police get the information for the presentation?”

Razman says that that it was from the police. 

12.55pm: Gomez asks Razman if police were carrying out surveillance on Amri. 

Razman said they have been carrying out investigations on Shia activities since 2015. 

Gomez asked why was Amri under surveillance. 

Razman said to see if there was any elements of Shia activities with Amri. 

“We didn’t detect anything on Perlis Hope.”

The inquiry breaks for lunch.

12.45pm: Gomez asks Razman who was the Special Branch director during the time of Amri’s disappearance in 2016. 

Razman said it was Fuzi Harun. 

Gomez ask if information on all activities was forwared to Fuzi if he wanted to know. 

Razman said that he only sends reports to his immediate superior. 

“I don’t know if Fuzi gets all the information. It’s sometimes on ‘need to know basis’, which is practised in the Special Branch.”

12.25pm: Amri family lawyer Gomez asks Razman if he had heard allegations that police were involved in Amri’s disappearance.

Razman said he had. 

Gomez asks if one of his duties was to investigate foreign exchange trading and was he an expert on it. 

Razman said police were tasked to investigate Forex but that he was not an expert. 

12.15pm: Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai asks Razman after Amri disappearance was there still Shia activities in the state. 

Razman said that after Amri went missing there was not much information on any Shia activities. 

“The Shia activities has reduced. The only one we know is the raid at Amri house.

11.50am: Suhakam officers ask Razman if the police had a file on Amri.

Razman said that they have files on Shia teachings. 

Suhakam officers said Norhayati had claimed Razman came to the house after Amri disappearance. 

The officer asked if Razman was involved in investigating Amri disappearance. 

Razman said he went to the house to offer his sympathy to the family. 

“I’m not involved in investigating Amri disappearance.”

Suhakam officers ask if there is any investigations conducted on Perlis Hope. 

Razman said that there is no investigations on Perlis Hope but on Shia activities. 

11.30am: Suhakam officers ask Razman about the meeting between Perlis Mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and Special Branch’s Social Extremism Division (E2) principal assistant director DCP Awaluddin Jadid. 

Razman said that he has organised the meeting between them. 

Suhakam officers ask if there was any discussion on Shia teachings.

Razman said that they talked about Shiaism and Amri name was mentioned. 

11.20am: Suhakam officers ask if there are investigations on proselytising. 

Razman said that if there were it will be sent to Bukit Aman. 

Suhakam officers ask if police had monitored Amri. 

Razman said that not only carrying out surveillance not only on Amri. 

“Base on our studies, there is evidence that Amri was involved in Shia (activities). 

“This was based on the raid by the Perlis Mufti Department on Amri’s house on October, 7, 2015. 

“There was Shia paraphernalia at his home.” 

10.55am: The inquiry calls ASP Razman to testify.

Suhakam officers ask how long he has been with the police force. 

Razman said he has been with the force for 14 years, 10 years in Perlis. 

Suhakam officers ask if he knew Amri.

Razman says no.

10.35am: Police observer Sentul police chief R. Munusamy asks Ris if his shop is open daily.

Ris says that his shop is not open daily and customers must make an appointment.

“I have a lot of outside jobs, so my shop is not always open.”

Munusamy asks Ris if the caller had asked about Perlis Hope and its Facebook site.

Ris said no.

The inquiry takes a short break.

10.25am: Family lawyer Jerald Gomez asks Ris about what he and the caller spoke about for six minutes according to the call logs.

Gomez says that Ris had received the call at 9.18am.

Ris says that the caller asked about tinting his car.

Jerald asks what else was discussed in the six minutes.

Ris says they spoke about the various types of tints available.

“He also asked for Norhayati’s contact. I didn’t give her number.

“I told the person to go to the house and see if he sees a black car that she was in.”

10.15am: Suhakam asks Ris if he had asked for the identity of the caller. 

Ris says that he didn’t ask for the identity.

Suhakam officers ask why he didn’t give Norhayati’s contact. 

“I was busy working and was not sure if I had her contact.”

10am: Suhakam officers ask Ris if he received any calls on May 12. 

Ris says he got three calls from an unidentified number. 

He says the caller wanted to know if Ris could tint his car. 

“Then he asked if there was any shoplot to let. I said I don’t know. 

“Then the caller asked for Norhayati’s number. 

“I didn’t give him the number and asked him to go and see her.”

9.45am: Suhakam officers ask Ris how much rent he has been paying Amri.

Ris says in 2012 and 2013 he paid RM400 a month. 

He says that in 2014 he a Amri struck a new agreement where he paid him RM25,000 for 12 years’ rent.

Suhakam officers ask Ris if his shop was open on May 12 .

Ris said he opened his shop at 1pm.

9.30am: The Suhakam inquiry continues with Parid Audio owner Ris called to testify on the 13th day.

Suhakam officers ask Ris how long he has operating the shop next to Amri house. 

Ris says he has been operating the car accessory shop since 2012. – June 26, 2018.

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26 June 2018- Live: Perlis Special Branch officer to testify at missing activist inquiry 

LIVE: Suhakam inquiry into missing activist recalls Perlis PKR chairman

LIVE: Suhakam inquiry into missing activist recalls Perlis PKR chairman

Noel Achariam | 7 June 2018

THE Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry panel investigating the disappearance of activist Amri Che Mat has recalled Perlis PKR chairman Faisol Abdul Rahman to testify today.

This follows claims by Amri’s wife, Norhayati Ariffin, that a police officer had told her that Bukit Aman was involved in the abductions of her husband and Pastor Raymond Koh.

Last week, the inquiry took a dramatic twist when Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner R. Munusamy showed Norhayati a police report lodged by Sgt Shamzaini Mohd Daud, denying everything she had told the panel in her testimony.

Faisol, who had testified earlier in Amri’s case, said he was recalled to give his statement regarding Norhayati’s claims that she was told by Shamzaini that police were involved in the disappearance of the two men.

 

“She told me about Shamzaini. Then, we discussed in our group and made a decision that Norhayati should come to Kuala Lumpur and lodge a police report. That’s why they called me to testify,” he told The Malaysian Insight.

Norhayati told the panel that Shamzaini had visited her home in Kangar, Perlis, on May 12 to talk about Amri and Koh’s disappearance.

She also said she knew nothing about Shamzaini’s police report.

Norhayati alleged that Shamzaini had told her that he was coming forward with the information now because there is a new government following the May 9 polls.

The panel will also hear testimonies from Norhayati’s family aide, Sheryll Stothard, and Amri’s friend, Anwar Ismail.

Sheryll said she has been called to testify regarding assisting Norhayati, together with her lawyers, in preparing her statement for police.

“We also accompanied her to the police station to lodge the report.”

Amri, who is also a forex trader, is believed to have been abducted on November 24, 2016, while on the way to meet a friend.

His car was seen surrounded by four-wheel-drive vehicles in Kg Padang Behor.

Koh was abducted in Petaling Jaya on February 13 last year by about 15 men in three black SUVs.

Suhakam is conducting a public inquiry into the disappearance of Amri, Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth, to determine if they are cases of enforced disappearance sanctioned by the state.

The Malaysian Insight brings you the live proceedings.

4.20pm: Amri family lawyer Philip Koh suggested to the panel that Shamzaini, who would be appearing on June 25 to give his statement, should have legal representation.

He said that Bar Council was willing provide legal assistance.

“He should not come and give false evidence because the narrative has changed as to what our client has said.”

Mah said he will ask Suhakam to send a letter to Shamzaini stating that he can get legal representation from Attorney-General’s Chambers, police or the Bar Council.

The inquiry ends and will resume on June 25. 

4pm: Suhakam officers then called Amri’s friend Anwar Ismail to the stand.

Anwar told the panel what Norhayati had relayed to him about Shamzaini.

Munusamy then ask Anwar if what he told the panel was based on what Norhayati told him.

Anwar answered “Yes”.

3.40pm: Munusamy ask Stothard if Awaluddin said he would use violence against the perpetrators.

Stothard said Awaluddin did not say that.

Munusamy then ask her if there was any mention by Awaluddin that Shia followers should be abducted.

Stothard said that Awaluddin did not mention abduction but he said action must be taken.

3.20pm: Stothard says that Awaluddin had said he had caught some Malays who had become pastors.  

She says that Awaluddin said that the Shia had become bolder and had penetrated certain organisations.

Stothard says that Perlis mufti Maza (Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin) had said that Shia teachings had come into the state through welfare organisations.

She says that Maza said Shia teachings could cause provocations in the country.

3pm: Gomez asks Stothard to read a transcript from one of DCP Awaluddin Jadid talks that was recorded in 2016.

Stothard says that Awaluddin had said that it was easy back when the Internal Security Act was around, but it was attacked and eventually abolished.

He said that even though there was the Prevention of Crime Act now, it was not the same.

Stothard says that Awaluddin said he would go to all the states to focus on their enemy, the Shia.

She also says that Awaluddin had said that the Shia were only targeting those who suffered because they could not get close to normal Malays. 

2.40pm: The Suhakam inquiry continues with Sheryll taking the stand.

Amri’s family lawyer, Jerald Gomez, asks Stothard who accompanied Norhayati to the Shah Alam police headquarters.

Stothard says that it was Anwar, Faisol, Aizat and her two daughters.

“When we reached there, the police said that only one person coulld accompany Norhayati to give her report.

“So I followed her, and we gave the report and some documents to Inspector Aswani.”

11.45am: The Suhakam inquiry takes a break and will resume at 2.15pm.

11.10am: Suhakam officers call up Sheryll to give her testimony on Shamzaini.

Sheryll says she got a call on May 13 from Faisol, about the meeting between Shamzaini and Norhayati.

“I then contacted Norhayati, who relayed what had happened. I told her that I will have to discuss what she said with the lawyers and we will get back to her.”

Sheryll says after discussing with the lawyers, they suggested that Norhayati lodge a police report.

“I then told Norhayati to lodge a report, but she said she was afraid to do it in Perlis.

“I then told her to go and lodge the report in Kedah.”

The inquiry takes a break.

10.50am: Munusamy asks when did Faisol contact his friend, the police officer.

Faisol says it was on May 13.

Munusamy asks him about Shamzaini’s picture on Facebook.

Faisol reiterates that he got the picture from Facebook.

Suhakam commissioner Mah Weng Kwai asks Faisol to whom did he show Shamzaini’s picture.

“I first showed my friend the picture, then I showed the picture to Norhayati.

“They said the picture is of Shamzaini.”

10.35am: Curious as to who is the police officer who confirmed Shamzaini’s identity, Munusamy asks Faisol if he can reveal the person’s name.

Faisol immediately says “no”, as he does not want to jeopardise the person who confirmed Shamzaini’s identity.

10.30am: After receiving the information on Shamzaini, Suhakam officers ask Faisol if he had tried to contact the police officer.

Faisol says he searched on Facebook and found Shamzaini’s profile.

“I then showed Norhayati his picture on Facebook, and she identified the person as Shamzaini.

“I then called a friend in IPK Perlis, and she also confirmed that Shamzaini was Special Branch.”

10.20am: Suhakam officers ask Faisol about what Norhayati had told him about the incident.

Faisol says she told him that police had taken Amri.

“I asked Norhayati if Shamzaini was really a police officer. She said he had shown her his identification card.”

The officers then ask why Norhayati had lodged a police report in Shah Alam.

Faisol said this was because her lawyers were based in Kuala Lumpur, and the police station was close to the office.

10am: The Suhakam inquiry calls Faisol to the stand.

Suhakam officers ask him how he got to know about Shamzaini.

Faisol says he got a call from Aizat, who told him about the police officer.

“When I heard the story, I immediately called Norhayati.

“She then told me that Shamzaini had come to the house.”

9.50am: Munusamy asks Aizat if Norhayati Ariffin’s aide, Sheryll Stothard, had called him on May 13.

Aizat says she had contacted him and asked what they should do about what Shamzaini had told Norhayati.

“I said, talk to (Perlis PKR chairman) Faisol (Abdul Rahman) and arrive at a decision on what to do.”

Munusamy asks Aizat how Sheryll knew about Shamzaini.

Aizat says Faisol had told her about him.

9.40am: Police observer Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner R. Munusamy asks Aizat if Sergeant Shamzaini Mohd Daud had contacted him before.

Aizat says he got two calls on May 15 from an unknown number.

“My number was private and only on May 28 did I notice that I got two calls from Shamzaini.

“Previously, I didn’t have his number.”

Munusamy asks if Aizat had met Shamzaini before.

Aizat says he had never met Shamzaini.

9.30am: The Suhakam inquiry continues with Aizat Hamid, who is a friend of missing activist Amri Che Mat and a Perlis Hope member, being called to the stand. – June 7, 2018.

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 7 June 2018- Live: Suhakam inquiry into missing activist recalls Perlis PKR chairman

Shamzaini or Hisham? Spat over names as Amri inquiry continues

Shamzaini or Hisham? Spat over names as Amri inquiry continues

Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar | June 7, 2018

The dispute is over the name of a police informant who allegedly leaked information to the wife of missing activist Amri Che Mat

KUALA LUMPUR: There was a brief heated argument at the inquiry into missing Perlis activist Amri Che Mat today, when police observer R Munusamy disputed the names of two police officers mentioned by an associate of Amri.

The two names were of policemen Azam Azhari, who is allegedly involved in Amri’s disappearance, and Shamzaini Mohd Daud, who, according to Amri’s wife Norhayati Ariffin, had leaked to her details regarding Amri’s disappearance.

Faisol Abdul Rahman, who is a spokesman of Perlis Hope, the charity headed by Amri, had mentioned the name “Azam Azhari”, to which Munusamy said the name was “Azam Zahari” as noted down by Norhayati based on information from Shamzani.

“The names are the same, there is no difference in the names,” Faisol replied when he was questioned at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry into the disappearance of Amri and three others.

Munusamy then asked how Faisol had found out that the name of the informer was Shamzaini Mohd Daud, adding that Norhayati had written “Hisham Mohd Daud” in her notes.

Faisol explained that he had asked a friend at the Perlis police headquarters if there was a Hisham Mohd Daud there, but was told there was a Shamzani Mohd Daud.

“I then made a quick Google search and found his Facebook,” he said.

He said he showed the picture to his friend and established that he was the same man who approached Norhayati.

Faisol, however, refused to name the police officer who helped him to identify the informant.

Munusamy then pointed out that Norhayati and her daughter had both taken notes of their meeting with Shamzaini.

He asked Faisol whether he took notes as well, to which Faisol said he had told Norhayati of the importance of writing down everything.

But Faisol said he himself had not taken any notes.

“So that means it’s not true that taking notes of the incident is important. Agreed?” asked Munusamy.

At this point, lawyer Jerald Gomez said there was no need for Munusamy to “badger” the witness.

He said Shamzaini had filed a report denying talking to Norhayati, but had admitted meeting her on other matters.

“The police are not contesting that Norhayati and Hisham or Shamzaini met. Only the intent is in question.”

Munusamy said there was a possibility the witnesses had been coached.

“I just want to show three people cannot think alike. The evidence between the three witnesses are too similar.”

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 7 June 2018- Shamzaini or Hisham? Spat over names as Amri inquiry continues 

Polis nafi kenyataan kehilangan Amri babitkan SB

Polis nafi kenyataan kehilangan Amri babitkan SB

| Mei 31, 2018

Anggota polis yang didakwa membabitkan penglibatan polis Cawangan Khas (SB) dalam penculikan aktivis yang hilang, Amri Che Mat dan paderi Raymond Koh dilaporkan menafikan berbuat demikian.

Pemberitahu maklumat, Shamzaini Mohd Daud dari polis cawangan khas Perlis, dilaporkan membuat laporan polis mengakui telah bertemu dengan isteri Amri Norhayati Mohd Daud pada malam 12 Mei.

Walau bagaimanapun, beliau mendakwa tujuan kunjungan itu tiada kaitan dengan kehilangan Amri, tetapi hanya untuk bertanyakan mengenai menyewa sebuah unit kedai yang dimilikinya bagi menjalankan perniagaan sampingan.

Anggota polis berkenaan berkata kunjungannya ke rumah isteri aktivis yang hilang itu tiada kaitan dengan kes Amri.

Satu salinan laporan polis Shamzaini dilaporkan diserahkan kepada Norhayati oleh ketua polis Sentul R Munusamy semasa pemeriksaan balas dalam sesi siasatan Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (Suhakam) di Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Norhayati berkata, “tidak tahu apa-apa mengenai laporan (polis) ini,” selepas membacanya, lapor The Malaysian Insight yang memetiknya memberitahu panel Suhakam.

Difahamkan Norhayati juga menegaskan bahawa laporannya pada malam 12 Mei adalah betul.

Semalam, Norhayati memberi keterangan berkata Shamzaini telah datang ke rumahnya kira-kira jam 10.30 malam untuk memberitahunya pasukan Cawangan Khas dari Bukit Aman telah menculik Amri atas dakwaan beliau terlibat ajaran Syiah dan aktiviti perdagangan forex.

Beliau berkata Shamzaini juga memberitahunya pasukan yang sama juga terbabit dalam penculikan Koh dan melibatkan beberapa pegawai polis termasuklah ketua polis negara ketika itu, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Siasatan Suhakam hari ini juga menyaksikan keterangan diberikan rakan keluarga Amri, Aizat Zahid, yang juga anggota NGO Perlis Hope yang diasaskan oleh Amri.

Sebelum ini, Norhayati memberi keterangan Aizat ialah antara orang yang dihubunginya segera selepas pertemuan dua setengah jam dengan Shamzaini berakhir dan Aizat tiba di rumahnya tidak lama kemudian.

Pertanyaan sewa kedai 

Apabila disoal peguam keluarga Amri, Jerald Gomes, Aizat berkata Norhayati tidak pernah menyebut pertanyaan Shamzaini tentang kedai runcitnya dan hanya bercakap mengenai apa yang dikatakannya berkenaan Amri dan Koh.

Beliau berkata “tidak masuk akal” bagi Shamzaini untuk menanyakan tentang kedai pada larut malam kerana ini boleh dilakukan pada siang hari dan Norhayati hanya mempunyai satu kedai yang sudah dipajak oleh rakannya, Farid ini selama 10 tahun.

Bagaimanapun, pengerusi panel siasatan, Datuk Mah Weng Kwai menghentikan soalan sedemikian berkata ia cuma spekulasi.

“Ia tidak semestinya tidak masuk akal. Walaupun sudah disewa, seseorang masih boleh membuat pertanyaan.

“Marilah kita (selidik) buat rumusan . Jika tidak, ini spekulasi semata-mata,” katanya.

Pendengaran akan disambung semula pada 7 Jun. Panel siasatan Suhakam ditubuhkan untuk menentukan sama ada kehilangan Amri, Koh, Joshua Hilmy dan Ruth Sitepu, tertakluk di bawah takrifan Konvensyen Antarabangsa Bagi Perlindungan Semua Orang Daripada Kehilangan Yang Dipaksa (ICPPED).
 
Koh telah diculik pada 13 Februari tahun lepas, manakala Amri diculik pada 24 November 2016. Joshua dan isterinya Ruth terakhir dilihat pada 30 November 2016.

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31 May 2018- Polis nafi kenyataan kehilangan Amri babitkan SB

LIVE: Police to cross-examine missing activist’s wife

LIVE: Police to cross-examine missing activist’s wife

Noel Achariam

| May 31, 2018

THE Special Branch (SB) officer who allegedly revealed that the police were behind the abductions of at least two missing activists will not take the stand today although he has agreed to testify in the ongoing public inquiry.

Instead, police observers at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) public inquiry will today cross-examine Norhayati Ariffin, the wife of missing activist Amri Che Mat.

In her testimony yesterday, Norhayati revealed how a SB officer, Sergeant Shamzaini Mohd Daud from Perlis, had allegedly told her that her husband was under police surveillance before he went missing.

Shamzaini had also allegedly told her that former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar knew of this operation. Amri was allegedly being investigated for spreading Shia teachings and dabbling in forex.

 

Norhayati had also told the inquiry panel that a special team from the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman had carried had out the abductions of Amri and Pastor Raymond Koh. This, she said, was also revealed to her by the 38-year-old Shamzaini.

Armed with that information, Norhayati lodged a police report and informed Suhakam who brought forward the inquiry dates.

Today, when the inquiry resumes, Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner R. Munusamy and his team are expected to cross-examine Norhayati.

A Suhakam source revealed that they had already contacted, Shamzaini who has agreed to testify, but he will only take the stand after all other witnesses have testified.

The inquiry heard yesterday that Shamzaini had decided to come out now because a new government has taken over Putrajaya and he did not want to be implicated in any way for Amri’s disappearance.

Amri went missing on November 24, 2016. He was believed to have been abducted by a group of people in four-wheel-drive vehicles that were seen surrounding his car in Kg Padang Behor.

Koh was abducted on February 13 last year by several men in balaclavas who used black SUVs to block his car in Petaling Jaya.

Suhakam is conducting a public inquiry into the disappearance of Amri, Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and Joshua’s wife, Ruth, to ascertain if they are cases of enforced disappearance. – May 31, 2018.

The Malaysian Insight brings you live updates from today’s proceedings:

4.40pm: Amri’s family lawyer, Jerald Gomez, asks Aizat how he knows that Shamzaini denied talking about Amri’s abduction.

Gomez also asks if he knew that Shamzaini only came to inquire about renting a shoplot.

Aizat says that in his conversation with Norhayati, she did not mention anything about him wanting to rent a shoplot. 

Gomez then asks Aizat if she might be concocting the whole meeting with Shamzaini. 

Aizat says that Norhayati has only one shoplot, which she has rented out to Parit Audio. 

“All I know is that Parit Audio has been renting the shoplot for 10 years. 

“So, it doesn’t make sense for him (Shamzaini) to come and ask about renting a shoplot.”

The inquiry ends and will resume on June 7. 

4.20pm: The panel calls Aizat Zahid, a family friend of Amri’s, to give his testimony.

Aizat tells the inquiry how he was informed about the meeting between Norhayati and Shamzaini.

“I was told about the meeting from Norhayati, who WhatsApped me at 12.50am, and I also got a missed call from her.

“I noticed the message at 1am. In her message, she said that needed help and that a police officer had spoken to her about Amri’s abduction.”

Aizat then tells the inquiry that he went to her house and she relayed all the information about the meeting to him. 

4.10pm: Munusamy then asked Amira if she knew that once a police report was lodged in Shah Alam, it will also be sent to Perlis.

“Do you know that’s why (regarding the report) the police officers went to the house?”

Amira said she didn’t know.

Munusamy then asked Amira if she knew that Shamzaini had lodged a police report denying that the police was involved in the abduction.

Amira again replied she doesn’t know.

The panel the relieves Amira.

4pm: Suhakam officers ask Amira if any untoward incident had occurred after they had lodged the police report. 

Amira said after lodging the report and when she was on the way back to Perlis, her second youngest sister called and said four police officers had come to the house. 

“We are told that only one officer was in uniform while the three were plainclothes officers.”

3.30pm: Suhakam officers ask Norhayati’s daughter, Amira, to recall the meeting between Norhayati and Shamzaini.

Amira said that she was with her mother during the two-hour conversation with Shamzaini. 

“I only left my mother for five minutes to go and get some money from my room.”

Amira then tells the inquiry that on May 14, she followed her mother to meet her lawyers and on May 15, they lodged a police report. 

3.20pm: The inquiry then calls Amri’s second eldest daughter Nur Amira Amri, 18, to the witness stand.

Amira was allegedly with Norhayati when Shamzaini relayed the alleged involvement of the police in Amri’s abduction.

3.10pm: Munusamy then asks Norhayati if she knew which division of the police force Shamzaini worked in. 

Norhayati replies that she did not know (prior to meeting him).

Munusamy then asks Norhayati if she knew that he only worked in the administrative side until January 2018. 

Commissioner Mah Weng Kwai then interjects, saying she only met him on May 12. 

Munusamy then tells the inquiry that during Amri’s alleged abduction (in November 2016), Shamzaini worked in the administrative side. 

The panel then relieves Norhayati.

2.55pm: Munusamy then asks Norhayati if she is aware that Shamzaini had lodged a police report denying all the things she had revealed to the panel.

Norhayati says she is unaware of the police report.

Munusamy the asks Norhayati to read the police report.

Norhayati then tells the inquiry that in Shamzaini’s report, he says that he only came on May 12 to meet her and ask if he could rent a shop at her house.

She then reasserts that she did not know about the report.

2.50pm: Munusamy asks Norhayati if she is aware that all the information that Shamzaini conveyed to her on May 12 was also made known to the public.  

Norhayati replies that not all the details were revealed to the public. 

Munusamy then asks her about Shamzaini, saying that he will provide pictures and information of Razman (Shamziani’s superior). 

“Did you receive any information from Shamzaini before lodging your police report on May 15?”

Norhayati says she never saw nor spoke to him after May 12.

2.30pm: Police observer Sentul police chief R. Munusamy tells Norhayati that, during the course of the public inquiry, media reports stated that a group had abducted Amri and broken his window. He then asks if she agreed with these reports.

Norhayati says she that she knows of the reports.

Munusamy then asks her if she knows whether a Gold Vios was present during the abduction.

Norhayati says she was told that there was a Vios present after the abduction.

2.20pm: The Suhakam inquiry continues with missing activist Amri Che Mat’s wife being called to the stand for the second day of the inquiry. 

Norhayati Ariffin was summoned to testify that police officers were involved in her husband’s abduction. 

Report: 
31 May 2018- LIVE: Police to cross-examine missing activist’s wife

Missing activist’s wife wants protection given to Special Branch officer

Missing activist’s wife wants protection given to Special Branch officer

Noel Achariam

| May 30, 2018

THE wife of missing activist Amri Che Mat wants the Home Ministry to provide protection to a Special Branch officer due to testify in a Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) public inquiry.

Norhayati Ariffin said she hopes protection will be given to Sergeant Shamzaini.

“We hope that he can reveal freely what he had exposed (on Amri’s abduction).

“Having exposed such a big secret, he will definitely feel pressured, and might have to divulge all the information.

 

“We hope he gets the protection he needs,” she said after the Suhakam inquiry today.

She was summoned to give her testimony regarding the Special Branch officer, who claimed that police were involved in the abductions of her husband and Pastor Raymond Koh.

The officer allegedly told Norhayati that Bukit Aman was responsible for their disappearance.

Norhayati said on May 12, the officer had visited her house in Kangar, and told her that Amri had been taken away by policemen from Bukit Aman.

“That was the only time I’ve met him. He said not to record the conversation, and he was quite anxious and afraid when he met me.

 

“He also said he won’t meet me again.”

Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, who attended the inquiry, said after waiting more than year, they finally have some information on the abduction of the two men.

“We are concerned that police have not come out with any comments. We are concerned about the safety of the whistle-blower.

“We urge the Home Ministry to expedite (the matter) and look into these serious allegations, that the Special Branch was involved.”

Amri, who is also a forex trader, went missing on November 24, 2016. He is believed to have been abducted by a group of people in four-wheel-drive vehicles that were seen surrounding his car in Kg Padang Behor.

Koh was abducted on February 13 last year by several men in balaclavas who used black SUVs to block his car in Petaling Jaya. – May 30, 2018

Report: 
30 May 2018- Missing activist’s wife wants protection given to Special Branch officer

LIVE: Wife of missing activist takes stand today

LIVE: Wife of missing activist takes stand today

Noel Achariam

| May 30, 2018

A SUHAKAM inquiry into four missing persons was brought forward to today after the wife of a missing activist filed an explosive report alleging the police were involved in her husband’s disappearance.

Norhayati Arrifin, wife of Amri Che Mat, is recalled to face the inquiry panel after she lodged a report claiming a police officer told that a team from federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman were involved in the abductions of Amri and Pastor Raymond Koh.

Norhayati will testify today at Human Rights Commission of Malaysia headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut.

The police officer who allegedly spilled the beans to her, a Special Branch officer from Perlis, has been summoned to testify tomorrow.

Amri, a social activist and forex trader in Perlis, is believed to have been abducted on November 24, 2016, while on the way to meet a friend.

His car was seen surrounded by 4WD vehicles driven by a group of people in Kampung Padang Behor.

Koh was abducted in Petaling Jaya on February 13 last year by about 15 men in three black SUVs. 

Suhakam is conducting a public inquiry into the disappearance of Amri, Koh and Pastor Joshua and Ruth Hilmy to determine if they were cases of enforced disappearances sanctioned by the state.

The Malaysian Insight brings you the proceedings live:

9.25am: Inquiry starts with Norhayati Arrifin, wife of missing activist Amri Che Mat wife, called to the stand. 

9.35am: Suhakam officers ask Norhayati about her meeting with Sarjan Shamzaini.

Norhayati said she met him on May 12 at 10.30pm at her house. He came by motorbike to the house and was casually dressed. They talked for two hours and he left at 12.50am, she said.

9.45am: Norhayathi said it was the first time she met Shamzaini and she had agreed to speak to him because he had information about Amri.

“We then proceeded to the veranda with my daughter and sat there at the staircase.

“He then introduced himself at Sham. I then asked if he is a police officer but he declined to answer.

“All Sham said was that he wanted to reveal what had happened to Amri.”

10.05am: Norhayathi said Shamzaini told her he had the courage now to reveal all because the government had changed. 

“Sham said he decided to talk about Amri because he didn’t want to be implicated.

“I then ask again if he is a police officer and that’s when he showed his police identification card and identification card.”

10.15am: Norhayati said Shamzaini told him that he had been a police officer for 18 years. 

“He said 10 years he was based in Kuala Lumpur and eight years in Perlis.

“He said that the police have been monitoring and ASP Razman had sent all the info on Amri (activities) to Bukit Aman. 

Norhayati said Shamzaini told her the Perlis police chief was aware Amri was being monitored. 

She said Shamzaini told her DCP Awaluddin and (former IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar) had also known Amri was being watched.

10.35am: Norhayati then asked Shamzaini why was Amri taken, to which he replied Amri was taken because he was involved in Shia and forex activities.

“I then asked where Amri was and Shamzaini said he didn’t know. 

“I then asked about Koh’s (Pastor Raymond ) case and why he was taken. 

“Shamzaini said that he was taken because of proselytisation.

Commissioner Nik Salida asks what Norhayati meant in her statement that Amri was taken by force. 

Norhayati tells the panel Shamzaini told her Amri was beaten and his car smashed and abandoned in Bukit Cabang.

Norhayati said at the end of the conversation, Shamzaini told her Inspector Koh had been coached (by police) on what to say in his testimony to Suhakam. 

Norhayathi said after consulting Sheryll Stothard, the liaison for families of Amri and Koh, she filed a police report at Shah Alam. 

11.25am: Commissioner Mah asks Norhayati why she had asked Shamzaini about Koh’s disappearance. He tells her to explain her intentions.

Norhayati said she asked about Koh because the manner of his abduction was similar to Amri’s.

“They were both taken and there is still no clue to their dissappearance.

“There are similarities as it is forced abduction.”

11.50am: Comissioner Mah asks Norhayati did she know ASP Razman and Shamzaini were from Bukit Aman. 

Norhayati said she was told by Shamzaini that Razman was his superior and the person in charge of monitoring Amri.

Norhayathi said he told her he was not involved in Amri’s abduction.

“He said he was in Kuala Lumpur during the abduction and he has proof.”

12.05pm: Norhayati tells the panel that she contacted Amri’s close friends, Anwar and Aizat, immediately after her meeting with Shamzaini. 

“After telling them about the conversation (with Shamzaini), I also told them that Shamzaini had said that Razman had planned it (abduction) but it was Bukit Aman that took Amri.”

Amri’s lawyer Jerald Gomez asks Norhayati whether she was worried about Shamzaini who has revealed such information to hrt.

Norhayati said she was not worried at first but later thought that maybe he could get in trouble. – May 30, 2018

Report: 
30 May 2018- Live: Wife of missing activist takes stand today

Pastor Koh case: Lawyer to call as witness ‘whistleblower’ cop

Pastor Koh case: Lawyer to call as witness ‘whistleblower’ cop

Michael Murty

| May 16, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer representing the family of missing pastor Raymond Koh says he plans to call as witness a police officer who admitted that the police Special Branch was involved in the abduction.

“Our search for truth will continue through this Suhakam inquiry,” Gurdial Singh told media at the Suhakam headquarters here today.

“As far as we are concerned, there was a hurried plan by the police to prevent the truth from coming out.”

He said the police officer was an important witness after the revelation by Norhayati Mohd Ariffin, the wife of missing activist Amri Che Mat, that a police officer had given her information on who was involved.

She claimed a police informer had told her that her husband was taken by a team from Bukit Aman which was also responsible for the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh.

Gurdial Singh said it was brought to his attention that the Special Branch was involved in the disappearance of Koh and Amri.

“A whistleblower, Sergeant Shamzaini Mohd Daud, has said that he wants to come clean and does not want to pay for the sins of others.

“He told Amri’s wife that this was indeed a black operation by the Special Branch in which some very senior police officers were involved.

“He claimed it was done with the full knowledge of the former inspector-general of police (Khalid Abu Bakar),” Gurdial said, adding he wants to call Shamzaini as a witness.

Gurdial said if what this “whistleblower” said was true then it would mean a few witnesses who had testified at the inquiry had committed perjury.

“Under Section 15 (2) of the Suhakam Inquiry Act, if you lied on oath, you can be charged for perjury under the Penal Code.

“That’s the angle we are now pursuing.”

Another lawyer for the family, Jerald Gomez, said there was a role for the new home minister to play in cleaning up the police force.

“Independent to this inquiry, the home minister can investigate what is happening in the police force.

“He would also want to clean up the force.”

Norhayati had said the police officer had come to her house in Kangar on the night of May 12. He had shown her and her daughter his IC and police card when asked for proof of identity.

“This police officer, who asked not to be named, told us that he knew who had taken my husband Amri.”

She had also named a top police officer in charge of Bukit Aman Special Branch’s Social Extremism Division (E2) as the person who headed the operation.

“When I asked the police officer why Amri was taken, he alleged it was because of ‘Shia’ and ‘forex’,” she said in a statement.

Norhayati said she lodged a police report and recorded a statement on the matter at the Shah Alam district police headquarters yesterday.

Amri, who co-founded an NGO called Perlis Hope, has been missing since Nov 24, 2016. His wife previously said that five vehicles had blocked his car before he was whisked away some 500 metres from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.

Koh’s abduction on Feb 13 last year was caught on closed circuit TV cameras, showing several men in balaclavas using black SUVs to block his car in broad daylight. He has not been seen since.

Police previously had denied responsibility for his disappearance, but arrested a 31-year-old. The police later charged him with kidnapping Koh.

Suhakam’s hearing into Amri’s case continued this morning, with Kangar police officer Insp Khor Yi Shuen testifying.

The inquiry is also investigating the disappearance of Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth. The couple was last seen on Nov 30, 2016.

In explosive twist, wife says Amri nabbed by same cops who took Pastor Koh.

Report: 
 16 May 2018- Pastor Koh case: Lawyer to call as witness ‘whistleblower’ cop 

 

Orang Asli Get RM 6.5 Million In Settlement By Government

Articles by the Press

 

Our Dato’ Jerald Gomez was a critical member of a legal team consisting of five people led by Datuk Dr Cyrus Das. The Orang Asli won this landmark decision at the High Court where, for the first time in Malaysian history, their native customary law, and their rights to traditional lands were recognized in Malaysia. In 1995, a total of 38.47 acres of land was acquired by the Malaysian Government from the orang asli in Dengkil without any compensation being paid to them. Several aboriginal houses were affected, including the Balai Adat and Balai Raya (Community Hall) as well as their crops on the land. UEM and Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia were ordered by the High Court to pay damages for trespass to the orang asli’s land. The Federal Court, recorded a RM6.5 million settlement for the orang asli Plaintiffs.