KOTA KINABALU: A telecommunications company could not retrieve call records of certain mobile telephone numbers used by suspects in the Lahad Datu intrusion case, the High Court here was told today.
Celcom Axiata Bhd executive Abdul Rahman Othman said this was probably because the police had sought the company’s assistance after service for those numbers were terminated.
“There is usually a 30-day grace period (for inactive numbers) before the numbers are terminated. Once terminated, records of the numbers will no longer be available in Celcom’s database,” he said at the trial of 30 individuals linked to the armed intrusion at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu in February 2013.
Abdul Rahman said the police had requested for call records of 21 numbers to be printed out, but not all could be supplied.
The witness, who had also testified in the trial of a policeman convicted of withholding information on the intrusion, said the police had approached him in May 2013 for some call records to be tendered in the following month.
“In this case (trial of 30 accused), I was approached by the police on Sept 25, 2013,” he said.
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 tomorrow.- BERNAMA