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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Special task force formed to investigate pastor’s abduction

KUALA LUMPUR - Police will set up a special task force, headed by the Selangor CID chief, to investigate the abduction of a pastor on Feb 13.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, speaking on the matter for the first time since the incident, also said that police had recorded the statements of eight people whom they believe can assist in the investigation.

“We are still investigating the case. So far we have found no clues but we are confident we will.

“I would also like to urge witnesses to come forward. So please don’t say we are not doing anything,” he said in a press conference at Bukit Aman.

Earlier this month, Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo was reportedly abducted by a group of masked men on Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya, less than 100 metres from a police housing complex.

He was driving a silver Honda Accord bearing the licence plate ST 5515 D.

Koh was at the centre of controversy in 2011 after his NGO, Harapan Komuniti, was accused by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) of proselytising Muslims, following a raid at a thanksgiving and fundraising dinner at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church.

Meanwhile Koh’s family has offered a reward of RM100,000 for information leading to his whereabouts.

Earlier reports said police were investigating the case under Section 365 of the Penal Code for kidnapping.

By Adam Abu Bakar

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