KOTA KINABALU: — A policeman might have leaked out information about the Malaysian security forces’ next course of action to a suspect in the intrusion at Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu.
Bukit Aman Special Branch (SB) Communication Interception Unit supervising officer ASP Muhammad Fauzairi Jaidi said this today while testifying in the trial of 30 individuals allegedly linked to the intrusion about two years ago.
He said the lead came from a tapped telephone conversation between the suspect, Datu Amir Bahar alias Datu Bahang and an individual known as Raja.
Muhammad Fauzairi said the suspect mentioned being alerted by one ‘Hassan’ (believed to be a policeman) that Malaysian security forces would be moving in on the intruders at midnight on Feb 26, 2013.
“Datu Amir Bahar told Raja that he got to know from Hassan that the Malaysian authorities would come in (Kampung Tanduo) later at 12 midnight,” he said of the 10.31 pm phone call intercepted by the SB on Feb 25, 2013.
Testifying as the prosecution’s 89th witness, the SB officer also told the court that in a 7.48 pm phone call intercepted on March 2, 2013, Datu Amir Bahar informed an unidentified man that one ‘Datu Piah’ was waging a war in Simunul.
He said the suspect mentioned in the call that “many were involved and Datu Piah only had six rifles”.
Muhammad Fauzairi said nearly three hours later after the call, Datu Amir Bahar told another unidentified man that “war was going on at Pulau Bum-Bum and that Datu Piah had been surrounded”.
“In another call at 11.17 pm that same day (March 2, 2013), Datu Amir Bahar told another unidentified man that Semporna was already at war and that Datuk Piah had been surrounded by 100 police personnel.
“Earlier that day (March 2, 2013), Datu Amir Bahar mentioned in a 3.21 pm call that he was being sought by the police.
“In another phone call 26 minutes later, the suspect told an unidentified man that he and some others were hiding near a mangrove,” said the witness.
In the dock are 27 Filipinos and three local residents who are facing one to multiple charges.
They are accused of being members of a terrorist group, 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.
The offences were allegedly committed between Feb 12 and April 10, 2013.
The hearing before Justice Stephen Chung at the Sabah Prisons Department, continues tomorrow. — Bernama