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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Accused denies recruiting people for Lahad Datu intrusion

KOTA KINABALU - An accused in the Lahad Datu intrusion case told the High Court here today, he did not come to Sabah to recruit people to fight against the Malaysian Government with the intention of claiming the state.

Datu Amir Bahar Hushin Kiram, 53, a nephew of Datu Agbimuddin Kiram, who led the Kampung Tanduo intruders, said he remained in Sabah since Nov 7, 2012 on the instruction of his father, Sultan Esmail Kiram II, who wanted to meet a police officer here.

“My father said he would be in Sabah to meet ACP Zulkifli who will take him (Sultan Esmail) to Kuala Lumpur.

“He (Sultan Esmail) advised me to wait for his arrival. But due to what happened at Kampung Tanduo (armed intrusion), my father did not come,” he testified in English from the witness dock.

Datu Amir Bahar entered his defence on two charges of waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and being a member of a terrorist group during an intrusion into Lahad Datu in 2013.

To a question by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Jamil Aripin during cross-examination, the accused said the so-called Sulu sultanate never intended to claim Malaysia’s sovereign rights.

On a local man, who is also charged with being a member of a terrorist group, Datu Amir Bahar said he did not have any knowledge that the Malaysian accused, Abd Hadi Mawan was a follower of Datu Agbimuddin.

To a question by Abd Hadi’s lawyer, Abdul Gani Zelika, Datu Amir Bahar said he was not well acquainted with Abd Hadi, but had met him whenever he (Datu Amir Bahar) wanted to rent a car from him.

Datu Amir Bahar is one of 13 Filipinos and a local man who are entering their defence before Justice Stephen Chung at the Sabah Prison Department for various offences allegedly committed between Feb 12 and April 10, 2013.

Some of the accused are facing one to multiple charges of being members of a terrorist group and waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Others are alleged to have wilfully harboured individuals they knew to be members of a terrorist group, or solicited or gave support to a terrorist group.

The hearing continues tomorrow. — Bernama

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