KOTA KINABALU, (Feb 19) — The High Court on Wednesday heard that a group of six or seven armed intruders had retreated after a VAT69 commando told them “You go, I go” during a close recce (reconnaissance mission) in Kampung Tanduo last year.
VAT69 commando Insp Rosmadi Rosli said, after he uttered “You go, I go”, the leader of the group had nodded his head and moved towards to the bushes while making a sign by crossing both his arms.
During examination-in chief by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on the meaning of the sign, Rosmadi said he thought the sign was intended to inform those hiding in the bushes not to take any action.
Rosmadi, who led Team E on the close recce on March 1, 2013, said after the group of armed intruders retreated, he and his team had also retreated about 500 metres from the place of the incident which was near the surau.
Rosmadi said he reported the incident, which happened at 7am on that day, to Martek VAT69 in Felda Sahabat.
When Abdul Gani questioned him as to why he did not shoot at the armed intruders from a distance, Rosmadi replied: ” We went there just to do a close recee and we were instructed not to shoot unless fired upon”.
Earlier, Rosmadi told the court that he and his team saw between six to seven people coming out from the surau towards his team, some in camouflage uniforms and some in civilian clothes.
He said two men were carrying firearms and the rest had weapons such as machetes.
Abdul Gani : When you saw this, what were you doing?
Rosmadi : I instructed my men to be ready for any eventualities.
Abdul Gani : When they came nearer, what happened?
Rosmadi : When they approached my team, they waved at us to leave the place. They waved with one hand while brandishing machetes with the other.
Rosmadi said the armed intruders were about 10 to 15 metres from them, and one of the men, whom he believed was their leader, stopped and made a sign of ‘potong kepala’ (chop off the head) while brandishing a machete.
“When this man showed the sign of ‘potong kepala’ did any of your men speak to you?,” asked Abdul Gani.
Rosmadi replied: “My men said there were movements in the bushes on their left which could be people hiding in them.”
Abdul Gani: After that what did you do?
Rosmadi : After that I moved forward and told the group of armed intruders “You go, I go”.
The ninth witness also told the court that about 6 am, before the incident, he and his team heard the sound of a boat which turned out to be traveling parallel to the shore line towards the surau.
He said, when the boat was passing by they waved for it to approach them, and saw two men inside.
Rosmadi said upon inspection they found eight women without travel documents inside a compartment at the bottom of the boat but there were no weapons onboard.
“After that I called the marine police and all the 10 people from the boat were taken towards the direction of Felda Sahabat,” he said in the trial of 30 individuals charged with carrying out terrorism-related activities in Sabah last year.
The 30 accused, comprise 27 Filipinos and three local residents.
Some are facing 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 which is being convened at the Sabah Prisons Department resumes tomorrow. — BERNAMA