KOTA KINABALU: Two out of 25 firearms that were seized during ‘Ops Daulat’, an operation to rid Lahad Datu of Sulu gunmen, did not belong to the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the High Court here was told today.
Insp. Yaem Duam of the Tawau Armoury Office said that based on his inspection and tests which he carried out, a grenade launcher and an M16 rifle were not owned by PDRM.
“There were also a number of bullets and magazines that did not belong to PDRM,” he added.
Yaem was testifying in the trial of 30 individuals linked to the intrusion by Sulu gunmen at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu in February 2013.
The police officer said he received the firearms and ammunition from one Sub Insp. Aziz Samit for inspection and tests.
“I conducted tests on all 25 firearms. I tested the grenade launcher using a 40mm M203 cartridge and I found that the firearm could not function, that is, it failed to fire.
“While for the M16 rifle with the serial number RP028188, a test was conducted using a RMP bullet and I found the weapon functioned well, that is, it could fire” he said.
Yaem told the court that a magazine with the brand ARMOURPLUS, one of the seized magazines sent to him for tests, was compatible with the M16 rifle.
However, he said the test carried out on the magazine with the rifle was not reflected in the serviceability test report, which he prepared on April 4, 2013.
To a question by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, Yaem said he was not sure whether the serviceability report on the firearms and ammunition was connected with a police report involving a woman who was wounded due to a gunshot in Semporna.
“When I received the exhibits, I only referred to the request form to inspect and test the exhibits. Upon receipt of the exhibits, there were no copies of police reports handed to me along with the exhibits,” he added.
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