KOTA KINABALU: A witness told the High Court here today that he did not retain a plastic bag that was seized during ‘Ops Daulat’, when disposing of its contents of rotting fried fish.
Sgt Aiyaman Abd Mutalib who was assigned to safekeep Lahad Datu intrusion exhibits at the Lahad Datu police headquarters said the fried fish in the plastic bag “was putrid and covered with maggots”.
He said this under cross examination by defence counsel Majnah Abdillah in the trial of 30 individuals linked to the intrusion by Sulu gunmen at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu in February 2013.
Aiyaman agreed with the lawyer’s suggestion that he should have retained the plastic bag after discarding the contents.
He told the court that he lodged a police report after discarding the items. His testimony was in reference to a police report on the seizure of the exhibits.
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 Prison Department, continues on Dec 7.- BERNAMA