KOTA KINABALU: Perishable items seized during ‘Ops Daulat’, an operation to rid Lahad Datu of Sulu gunmen, were photographed rather
than kept, the High Court here was told today.
The exhibits storekeeper of the Lahad Datu police headquarters, Sgt Aiyaman Abd Mutalib, said a plastic bag containing fried fish was among the exhibits he received, which he took note of rather than keep.
“Since fried fish is a perishable item, I took photographs before disposing it. Then, I lodged a police report on the fried fish,” he said.
Aiyaman was testifying at the trial of 30 individuals linked to the intrusion by Sulu gunmen in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, in February 2013.
Due to the chaotic situation during Ops Daulat, he said, he did not record the fried fish in the Exhibits Register Book.
Apart from the items seized in Lahad Datu, the police sergeant said, he also received exhibits from Kunak and Beluran during the operation.
To a question from deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin, Aiyaman said he did not know why those exhibits were stored in Lahad Datu.
He also said that he was involved in transferring all the exhibits from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu on Jan 2 last year for the purpose of the Lahad Datu intrusion trial.
He said the exhibits were transferred using three police vehicles and the task was led by Insp Mohd Faiz Che Mamat, who was assisted by the police
sergeant himself and four other police personnel. Aiyaman told the court that some of the exhibits such as clothing of the deceased, human bones and items listed in post-mortem reports were not brought to Kota Kinabalu.
In the dock are 27 Filipinos and three local residents who are facing one to multiple charges of being members of a terrorist group and waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
They are also alleged to have recruited members for a terrorist group or willfully harboured 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