Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Enough documents for Lahad Datu case

Enough documents have been obtained to build a case against the four Malaysians said to be behind the Lahad Datu intrusion earlier this year, said newly appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“We have obtained all the documents against the individuals.

“Both the police and the Armed Forces will be having a discussion with the Attorney-General's Chambers on the matter in order to build a solid case against those involved,” he said after a working visit to the Bukit Aman police headquarters.

However, despite calls to reveal the identities of those involved, Dr Ahmad Zahid said he would not do so to avoid any prejudicial conduct when the case was brought to court.

“When I was Defence Minister, I did mention the individuals who had held meetings with the so-called Sulu Sultanate prior to the Lahad Datu intrusion. But I will not reveal their identities,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Zahid pledged to increase the number of police personnel, adding that he would personally facilitate discussions with the Public Service Department to expedite the recruitment process.

“We are also looking into increasing the number of Motorcycle Patrol Units, given their effectiveness in combating crime,” he said.

On the recent spate of shooting cases, Dr Ahmad Zahid said some criminal gangs had taken advantage of the recent abolishment or amendment of certain laws.

“However, the ministry will discuss with the Inspector-General of Police and other Bukit Aman directors on how to boost efforts to reduce and prevent such cases,” he said.


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