Saturday March 9, 2013
Lahad Datu: Cops place Azzimudie’s brother on wanted list
LAHAD DATU: A brother of the Sulu armed group leader Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram is believed to be high on the police wanted list.
The man, in his 60s, was involved in the fish transportation business and travelled frequently from Lahad Datu to Kunak, Semporna, Sandakan, Tawau and Kota Kinabalu.
According to residents here, the man who moved to Semporna from Lahad Datu recently is believed to have gone missing about a week after the Tanduo standoff.
Sources believe the brother had been roped in to help with negotiations to end the Tanduo standoff between the gunmen and Malaysian security forces.
They said police began searching for him when he could not be reached after moving to Semporna.
Apart from the brother, others linked to Azzimudie were also being sought by police following the arrest of some people including several uniformed personnel, relatives and a local politician.
Police said more than 50 people had been detained to date for having links with the armed group.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said those detained were arrested under the new Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.
He said the arrests were made across Sabah and were outside the Ops Daulat operations area which centred around Kampung Tanjung Batu and Kampung Tanjung Labian.
“Interrogation of the suspects will be able to verify some information that we have obtained,” Ismail said during a joint press conference with Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin at the media centre in Felda Sahabat Residence resort.
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