KUALA LUMPUR: Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said he only knew about activist Amri Che Mat through news reports.
Khalid told the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) inquiry for Amri's disappearance that he only knew about the case from reading news reports.
"After reading news reports I found out that he was the subject of a missing person report. I asked one of my officers what really had happened and was told it was a case of a missing person," he said at Suhakam Headquarters today.
Khalid said he could not remember which officer informed him about the case, but said he must have been from Perlis as the case took place there.
He added that there was no briefing about the case, but since it was on social media he had asked about it.
"There was no other investigation on it other than a case of a missing person. And there was no task force formed to investigate his disappearance," Khalid stated.
When asked by Amri's family lawyer, Larissa Anne Louis, if Amri was under surveillance for being a Shia follower, Khalid said he could not confirm this.
"I cannot confirm this as I am not very familiar with this case. Shia is not a problem to be tackled by the police, but it is under the religious authorities of the states. The police would assist in certain cases if needed," he said.
The inquiry was chaired by commissioners Datuk Mah Weng Kwai, Aishah Bidin and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh.
Amri, who co-founded an NGO called Perlis Hope, went missing on Nov 24, 2016. His wife previously said that five vehicles had blocked his car before he was whisked away, some 500m from their home in Bukit Chabang, Perlis.