Pastor Koh’s family, govt trying to resolve suit

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The family of missing pastor Raymond Koh and Putrajaya are attempting to resolve a lawsuit filed over his enforced disappearance, the Kuala Lumpur High Court was told today.

Koh’s family’s lawyer, Gurdial Singh Nijar, told judge Ahmad Bache that both parties wanted to resolve the matter, which would involve making a representation to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

The hearing of the case was to have started today and Gurdial, with the agreement of senior federal counsel Raja Zaizul Faridah Raja Zaharudin, sought to postpone hearing to June 6 next year, citing the attempt by the parties to resolve the matter.

“After having heard the application, the court takes into account that parties are trying to resolve the case, including via representation to the attorney-general.

“The court allows the plaintiff’s (Koh’s family) application to adjourn the case,” Ahmad said before setting the matter for hearing on June 6.

“In this time period, the court hopes that the parties use the time allotted to try and resolve the matter,” said Ahmad.

Koh’s wife Susanna Liew filed the suit in February 2020, seeking damages over his disappearance.

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Those named in the lawsuit include former principal assistant director of Special Branch’s Social Extremism Division Awaludin Jadid, and senior officers including current Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Huzir Mohamed and Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat.

Also named were police officers Supari Ahmad, Khor Yi Shuen, Hazril Kamis, Mohamad Shamzaini Mohd Daud, Saiful Bahari Abdul Aziz, the current inspector-general of police, Bukit Aman and the government of Malaysia.

Liew is claiming general and exemplary damages in her lawsuit that accused the respondents of negligence, misfeasance and conspiracy to injure.

She said the respondents’ failure to perform their legal duty violated her constitutional and legal rights as the spouse of the abducted Koh.

They also sought orders that the authorities be held liable for Koh’s unlawful abduction and for misfeasance in public office. – TMI