The Malaysian government has expressed that it will set up a special task force to investigate the cases of missing Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, a move that is welcomed by the Koh family.
On 23 May, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that a special task force would be formed to investigate the findings by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) which concluded that the special police were behind the disappearance of activist Amri and Pastor Raymond.
The family hopes that with the task force, truth and justice will prevail, and that the perpetrators can be brought to justice. They also hope the team tasked with investigating the cases would be independent, impartial, professional and credible.
“We want to see the victims released and be reunited with their families,” they said in a statement.
Amri, the co-founder of NGO Perlis Hope, went missing on 24 November 2016, after leaving his home in Kangar; Pastor Koh, was abducted in broad daylight allegedly by members of a trained paramilitary force on 13 February 2017, while on his way to a friend’s house.
Based on Suhakam’s investigation, direct and circumstantial evidence in both cases suggest that the two men were abducted by state agents, namely the Special Branch of Bukit Aman.
Source: International Christian Concern
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