KOTA KINABALU, (May 8 ) — Fake firearms were found in Kampung Tanjung Batu, Lahad Datu after a two-day skirmish beginning March 6 last year, the High Court, here, heard today.
ASP Mursalim Mohd Salleh identified a replica of a rifle and a plastic pistol produced in court that he seized on the morning of March 7 last year.
“How do you know these (rifle and pistol) are replicas?” asked deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar.
“They are in the shape of firearms, but different. These are not (real) firearms,” Mursalim replied.
According to Mursalim, a General Operations Force (GOF) platoon commander, the rifle was silver in colour with its barrel made of metal, while the plastic pistol was in a darker shade of silver with the inscription, ‘Made In China’, on its body.
Earlier, Mursalim identified a speargun which he seized in the village.
Apart from that, he identified 14 machetes that he also seized, of which 10 had a long blade while the rest had a short blade.
Thirty accused, comprising 27 Filipinos and three local residents, are being tried in the case, some of whom face multiple charges of being members of a terrorist group or waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, recruiting members for a terrorist group or willfully harbouring individuals they knew to be members of a terrorist group.
They allegedly committed the offences between Feb 12 and April 10 last year.
The hearing before Justice Stephen Chung at the Sabah Prisons Department continues tomorrow.– BERNAMA