KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here today heard that the Sabah police contingent is trying to trace its retired Special Branch deputy chief SAC Zilkifli Abd Aziz.
Tawau Criminal Investigation Division chief DSP Zairolnizal Ishak said that though he never tried to look for Zulkifli, he knew that the police contingent was looking for him.
“I saw him present once in a while at the court area when this hearing (Lahad Datu intrusion trial) was going on until he retired in November 2014,” he said.
The trial of 30 individuals linked to the intrusion by Sulu gunmen at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, in February 2013 began on Jan 6 last year.
“Does this mean you never saw him again after he retired?” asked deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, to which the witness replied: “Yes”.
Mohd Dusuki: Do you know where he is after his retirement?
Mohd Dusuki: Do you know that he had testified as a witness in the trial of Corporal Hassan Ali Basari?
Zairolnizal, who was the Semporna CID chief during the intrusion, said Zulkifli was involved in the negotation between the Sulu intruders and security forces.
The retired officer testified against Hassan Ali, a Lahad Datu SB personnel, who was convicted two years ago of withholding information on the intrusion.
Earlier, Zairolnizal told the court that some of the accused persons in the trial were initially arrested for immigration offences in Semporna in March 2013, but were rearrested under the Security Offences (Security Measures) Act 2012.
They are Tani Lahad Dahi, Datu Amirbahar Kiram, Rijmal Salleh, Rizman Gulan, Abdul Majil Jubin, Basil Samiul and Norhaida Ibnahi.
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 wilfully 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