Wang Kelian RCI: I was told not to proceed with investigations, says witness

PUTRAJAYA: A witness in the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the discovery of mass graves and transit camps in Wang Kelian, Perlis today testified that he was instructed not to proceed with the investigation after the first body was found at the summit of Bukit Wang Burma on March 6, 2015.

Padang Besar Police Headquarters Criminal Investigation Department acting head, ASP Junaidy Md Saad said the instruction was issued by a senior official after the case was classified as sudden death or SDR.

ASP Junaidy Md Saad Photo: Bernama

Junaidy said he was not sure why the instruction was issued by the Padang Besar district police chief when this superior of his was involved in leading the mission to dig out the grave-like structure with the forensic team on their return visit to the scene on March 6.

“The mission that day was to ascertain whether there were bodies buried in that grave-like structure and after digging at a depth of more than one foot, the team members found something wrapped in white cloth.

“When the cloth was removed, we found decomposed human remains … the body was not removed but was reburied after photographs were taken,” he said   when testifying on the fourth day of the public hearing before the seven-member RCI panel led by former Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria here today. – Bernama