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Friday, June 16, 2017

Suhakam to conduct own probe on missing persons cases

PETALING JAYA - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) says that it will be conducting investigations into a number of missing persons cases.

Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said that it would be looking into the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh (pic), Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Sitepu, and Perlis welfare activist Amri Che Mat.

"Suhakam calls for individuals with relevant and important information to come forward to have their statements recorded by Suhakam from now to July 7, 2017," said Razali.

He added that statements could also be recorded on the phone via Suhakam's complaints division at 019-333 8490.

"Suhakam underscores that all direct victims and their families have the right to know the truth, to have effective access to justice and to obtain redress.

"The right to know the truth, which is the core of the issue, has an individual and collective dimension and the public at large are entitled to know about the circumstances of the missing persons," said Razali.

He added that the ready availability of information on issues that concern the public is vital in a democratic society.

"The commission calls on the authorities to fully and expeditiously investigate all cases where there is a reasonable suspicion that an enforced disappearance may have occurred," said Razali.

Koh was taken from his car by a group of men in Petaling Jaya while making his way to a friend's house on Feb 13.

Amri was abducted in a similar manner in November last year, about the same time Hilmy and Sitepu went missing.

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