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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pastor Koh’s wife in the dark over latest abduction update

Susanna Liew Sow Yoke hopes that the police will contact her soon to give her a proper update on her husband’s case.

PETALING JAYA - The wife of Pastor Raymond Koh, who was abducted by an unknown group of people on Feb 13, wants the police to update her directly on investigations into the case, following Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar’s revelation today of possible Thai links to the incident.

Susanna Liew Sow Yoke said she had not been briefed on any of the developments, leads or arrests by the police, as was also the case in Khalid’s previous two announcements on the issue.

“Like the rest of Malaysia, all I know is what I have read in the media,” she said in a statement today.

“I hope that the police will contact me soon to arrange a meeting and to give me a proper update about my husband’s case.

“This update should also include a full explanation about the announcements they made on April 6 and May 24,” she added.

Liew said her past meetings with the police on March 6 and 23 were less about actual updates, and more about asking her not to engage with the media or attend public vigils and gatherings.

She also urged the police to cooperate with the investigations being conducted by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) on the disappearances of Koh and three other individuals.

The three are Perlis Hope charity outfit founder Amri Che Mat who has been missing since Nov 24 last year, and Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth who were last seen on Nov 30 last year.

Yesterday, Khalid told reporters that police were looking into a southern Thailand-based group’s links to Koh’s abduction.

However, he did not specify if the group was involved in criminal or terrorist activities.
He said the investigation was linked to an operation last month when police raided the house of a drug trafficking suspect in Kampung Weng Dalam, Kedah, on June 17.

Koh, 62, was reportedly abducted while driving to see a friend in Kelana Jaya on Feb 13.

A video clip, said to be that of his kidnapping on Jalan SS4B/10, later emerged on social media showing CCTV recordings of the victim’s car being hemmed in by black sports utility vehicles before a group of men haul him out and take him away in a professional manner.

The SUVs were accompanied by at least one other car and a few motorcycles whose riders controlled traffic while the alleged abduction took place. - FMT

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