Enforced disappearance: Lawsuits will keep the cases going-Suhakam

Enforced disappearance: Lawsuits will keep the cases going-Suhakam

SHAH ALAM: Lawsuits filed on the disappearance of activists, Pastor Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat will keep the case ‘fresh and alive’ in people’s minds.

Suhakam commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai said the lawsuits will help keep the case ongoing, as it has been three years since the duo disappeared.

“The lawsuits will help prompt the investigation or maybe even expedite it,” he said, after attending the Civil Lawsuit Conference 2020 here today.

Two days ago, Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew announced that she had filed lawsuits against former inspector general of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun over her husband’s disappearance.

In Nov last year, Amri’s wife Norhayati Mohd Arriffin also filed lawsuits against Khalid, Fuzi and former Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi over his disappearance.

In 2017, Koh was taken in broad daylight by abductors arriving in several vehicles and was never seen again.

Amri was also abducted by several unknown persons back in 2016.

Their disappearance became the subject of a public inquiry by Suhakam, with the human rights body announcing that the duo were subjected to ‘enforced disappearance’ involving the police’ Special Branch.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin later formed a panel to investigate the matter. However, nothing has come out of it to date.

On the probe, Mah said the commission was also clueless on the latest development, apart from the notion that it was still ongoing.

“The police never closed the case but we don’t have any news on the latest development,” he said.

By Irman Hashim