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What happened to Koh and Amri? A guide to Suhakam’s inquiries

KINIGUIDE | The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will announce tomorrow the findings from its inquiries into the disappearances of Raymond Koh Keng Joo and Amri Che Mat.

More than two years ago, the nation was shocked by CCTV footage that showed how Koh, a Christian pastor and charity worker, was taken away by masked men in broad daylight within 40 seconds. The incident occurred in Petaling Jaya, Selangor on Feb 13, 2017.

Less is known about Amri’s case, though eyewitness accounts heard during the inquiry suggest that the social activist was monitored and then abducted in Kangar, Perlis at about midnight on Nov 24, 2016.

After hearing from eyewitnesses, police officers, religious authorities, lawyers representing the victims’ families, and even the former inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar (below) himself, Suhakam is expected to decide whether it believes the state was involved in both disappearances.

According to the United Nations, the involvement of government officials is one of three elements which define “enforced disappearances”.

Suhakam is also expected to determine whether the police had investigated the incidents adequately.

No one has been held responsible for Koh and Amri’s disappearances thus far. Though investigations are ongoing, the police previously said that all leads have run dry.

Here is a recap of the key moments during the inquiries...

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