KOTA KINABALU: Police took three days to move exhibits related to ‘Ops Daulat’, an operation to rid Lahad Datu of Sulu gunmen, to a larger storeroom, the High Court here was told today.
Investigating officer Insp Mohd Faiz Che Mamat said he and ACP Mohd Shariff Abdul Wahid who was then Sabah Criminal Investigation Department (CID) deputy chief were supposed to inspect the exhibits around 11 am on April 1, 2013.
The exhibits were kept in an old storeroom at the Lahad Datu police headquarters.
“But we could not be carry out the inspection since the exhibits were too many and cramped in a small storeroom. After discussing with ACP Mohd Shariff, I was instructed to shift the exhibits to the new storeroom at the Lahad Datu police headquarters,” he said.
Mohd Faiz was testifying in the trial of 30 individuals linked to the intrusion by Sulu gunmen at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu in February 2013.
He told the court that Mohd Shariff gave him three days to move the exhibits and he was assisted by two police personnel in the task.
Mohd Faiz, who is based at the CID, Penampang police headquarters said he went to Lahad Datu on March 31, 2013 to assist the investigation team during Ops Daulat on the instruction of then Sabah CID chief SAC Omar Mamah.
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 at the Sabah Prison Department continues tomorrow.- BERNAMA