The special taskforce investigating the enforced disappearance of activist Amri Che Mat has sought the assistance of telecommunication providers and banks to trace the suspects, said its head Abdul Rahim Uda.
“We are widening the net. Right now, through the (assistance of) telcos and credit card companies, we are tracing the movement of those suspected to be involved.
“And, also, through members of these people’s kariah (community), we want to trace the movements of those we suspect were involved in Amri’s disappearance.
“Maybe some of them (from the community) would be able to shed some light on the matter,” he told Malaysiakini.
The former High Court judge said the taskforce, which has been given six months to wrap-up its investigations, has also identified new witnesses and is exploring fresh angles.
According to Abdul Rahim, dozens have been interviewed, including those who assisted the police and Suhakam before, to facilitate investigations.
Apart from this, he said the police have also been asked to aid the task force’s work following instructions from the Attorney-General’s Chambers but declined to elaborate.
He said the task force is probing other angles because the previous ones scrutinised by Suhakam and police did not reveal much information.
“If we just depend on the old angles, we would come up with nothing…
“We have to investigate new angles. We have to widen the net and identify new witnesses. Hopefully, we would be able to come up with some leads. Pray hard,” he added.
On June 26, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the formation of a special task force to investigate the enforced disappearances of Amri and Pastor Raymond Koh.
It initially comprised of six members. Apart from Abdul Rahim, the others were former Royal Malaysian Police Legal Unit chief Mokhtar Mohd Noor, police Integrity and Standard Compliance Department director Zamri Yahya, Muhammad Bukhari Abdul Hamid (director of EAIC operations) and Mohd Sophian Zakaria, who is a legal officer from the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ prosecution division and secretary of the Police Force Commission Mohd Russaini Idrus.
However, the composition of the task force was criticised by the victims’ families.
Mokhtar then withdrew from the task force. Subsequently, two new members – MACC assistant commissioner Azian Umar and independent legal practitioner Roger Tan – were appointed on July 10.
Muhyiddin had said the team would start with investigating Amri’s disappearance first pending the conclusion of Koh’s case in court.
The Perlis-based activist was abducted in 2016. – Malaysiakini