Extremist links may be behind Pastor Koh’s disappearance, inquiry told

Pastor Raymond Koh (pic) was said to have been abducted in February.
Pastor Raymond Koh (pic) was said to have been abducted in February.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Pastor Raymond Koh’s mysterious disappearance since February may be linked to extremist elements, a police officer investigating his case said today.

Assistant Superintendent Supari Mohammad who was testifying for the fourth day at a public inquiry into the disappearances of four social activists, reportedly said: “It is more towards extremist activities”.

He was responding to a question from the inquiry panel chaired by Datuk Mah Weng Kwai from the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) about the three police hypotheses for Koh’s disappearance: personal issues, extremist links or kidnap-for-ransom, theSun Daily reported on its website.

The policeman also told the three-man panel today that he had “no idea” if Koh is still in the country or if he is even alive now, when asked by lawyer Steven Thiru who is representing the family of the missing pastor.

To another question from Mah, the policeman said information provided by another activist Peter Chong who had gone to look for Koh in Thailand in April had not been helpful.

“It did not help me at all. There was no information provided that I could use to further my investigations,” Supari reportedly said.

Chong had testified at the inquiry two days ago about his personal search for Koh that led him to Thailand where he was detained a week by men who claimed to be from a Muslim youth organisation trying to stop purported Christian proselytisation moves in Malaysia.

The Suhakam panel is looking to establish if the disappearances of Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth, and another social activist Amri Che Mat are tantamount to enforced disappearances as defined under International Convention for Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances, news portal Malaysiakini reported.

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