KOTA KINABALU:- Telephone conversations and text messages stored in a handphone’s memory could determine whether an accused in the Lahad Datu intrusion was in cahoots with the intruders, the High Court here was told today.
Sabah Special Branch officer Inspector Saiful Adli Hashim said a handphone and two sim cards were found in the bag of Sugira Ali, who is the wife of Mohamad Ali Ahmad, one of the accused in the case, when they were arrested at a mosque at Kampung Tulibas Besar in Tungku, Lahad Datu on March 22, 2013.
He disagreed with counsel Ram Singh who said that there was nothing incriminating found in the bag to connect the woman and her husband with the intrusion.
Instead, he said, it was highly possible that the handphone and two sim cards contained conversations and text messages which could link Mohamad Ali’s involvement to the intrusion.
The police officer, who is he prosecution’s 79th witness, was testifying on the 125th day of trial of 30 individuals linked to the intrusion, including
Mohamad Ali who is being tried as a Malaysian.
Saiful Adli said the accused was in cahoots with the Sulu intruders by providing them food and shelter at Kampung Tanduo.
Ram Singh: You testified that at the time Mohamad Ali was arrested, he was in possession of RM190. I put it to you, with that sum of money, it is not enough for him to supply food for the terrorists.
Saiful Adli: I disagree.
Ram Singh: Based on your security information that Mohamad Ali was in cahoots with the terrorists and managed or succeeded in penetrating the security perimeter in Kampung Tanduo, I put it to you that on Feb 12, 2013 (date of intrusion), Mohamad Ali left Kampung Tanduo for his own safety.
Saiful Adli: I disagree.
On a suggestion by Ram that Mohamad Ali was a troublemaker, Saiful Adli said that he agreed with him on that, but denied the police were looking for the accused because his father was Ahmad Malindi, also known as ‘Mat Bom’.
“To my knowledge, Mohamad Ali’s father was known as ‘Mat Bom’ because he knew how to make fish bombs,” he added.
Ram: What is wrong with someone who knows how to make fish bombs?
Saiful Adli: Fish-bombing is illegal.
In the dock are 27 Filipinos and three local residents who are facing one to multiple charges of being members of a terrorist group, waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, recruiting members for a terrorist group or wilfully harbouring individuals they knew to be members of a terrorist group.
They allegedly committed the offences between Feb 12 and April 10, 2013.
The hearing before Justice Stephen Chung continues tomorrow at the Sabah Prisons Department. – BERNAMA