KUALA LUMPUR: The police would assist religious authorities in their raids to help with security and logistical matters, claimed Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The former Inspector General of Police (IGP) claimed that any robbery with religious affairs would be led by the religious authorities and not by the men in blue.
"They would decide whether it is a violation of their act, and that has always been the case," he told the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) about the kidnapping of activist Amri Che Mat on Tuesday (August 28).
He was asked if the police had initiated the robbery in a meeting of Syiah followers in 2014 in Selama, Perak, where 114 people were detained last night.
Khalid had given written instructions in a letter for action to be taken at the meeting.
He agreed, however, that the robbery could have been initiated because of his instructions, which he claimed was not a directive.
He said he had written the instructions, while Perak had protested a fatwa against the teachings of Syiah.
Khalid also denied that he knew of Amri's kidnapping, as claimed by Amri's wife Norhayati Mohd Ariffin, who said that Sgt Shamzaini Mohd Daud told her about this.
Shamzaini, however, denied the accusations.
Khalid said he only knew about Amri's kidnapping when it became big news.
Asked about a speech about extremism by Datuk Awaludin Jadid, the former head assistant director of the Special Branch (E2) Social Extremism division, Khalid admitted that Awaludin might have gone overboard.
He said, however, that Awaludin could have allowed himself to be carried away by emphasizing his points while he was reading his lecture.
Awaludin warned in a 2016 speech available on YouTube for the dangers of Syiah's lies and said the followers posed a security risk to the nation.
Amri, who founded the NGO Perlis Hope, had left his home in Kangar around 23.30 on 24 November 2016 in his SUV.
His car was found on the construction site of the Bukit Cabang Sports School later in the morning of the morning.
The police had said that Amri had ties with the teachings of Syiah.
Amri was a mountaineer who was part of the Mount Everest Malaysian expedition team from 1997.
Norhayati and Amri were married in 1997 and have four girls between 11 and 19 years old.
The investigation will be conducted under Section 12 (1) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act in connection with the disappearances of Reverend Raymond Koh, Amri and Reverend Joshua Hilmi and his wife Ruth Sitepu.
The panel of research consists of Commissioners Datuk Mah Weng Kwai as chairman, Prof Datuk Dr. Aishah Bidin, and Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh.