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ICC Note: The investigating officer who is in charge of investigating pastor Koh’s disappearance admits that the police could have done more to inform the family about their investigation. Pastor Koh’s family had complained many times that the police did not inform them about the case and that they learned about it from the news. The officer Supari Muhammad who was in touch with Koh’s family lawyer admits that he did not check every single CCTV recording within a three-km radius of where pastor’s Koh’s phone registered its last ping. Pastor Koh has been missing since his abduction in last February. His whereabouts still unknown.

11/14/2017 Malaysia (Malay Mail) – The investigating officer on the case of Pastor Raymond Koh’s disappearance admitted today that the police could have done a better job keeping the family updated on their investigation.

ASP Supari Muhammad, who was answering Koh’s family lawyer Steven Thiru, said that he could not give a lot of details because the investigation was still ongoing.

However, Steven also pointed out that former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had made many press announcements on the case without informing Koh’s family first.

“I don’t think I need to inform them after the news was already published. If they wanted to know more, they could have called me to find out,” Supari told the public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

Here, the former Malaysian Bar president sarcastically asked Supari whether it was all right for a worried victim’s family to find out about the ongoing investigation through the media instead of the police.

He then asked Supari whether or not it would have been better if Supari or the officer in charge of liaising with Koh’s family, especially Koh’s wife Susanna Liew, to have informed them before the IGP spoke to the media.

Supari said: “Yes.”

He then admitted that he was left in the dark regarding the police bust in Kedah which uncovered Koh’s vehicle plate number and had found out through Khalid’s announcement in the news.

Steven mentioned that Koh’s family had complained many times about Khalid making public announcements on the case without informing them first, including about the Christian pastor being investigated for suspected proselytisation of Muslim youths in Kedah.

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