Probe all missing persons cases thorough, says IGP

KUALA LUMPUR: All missing persons reports must be investigated immediately and thoroughly to avoid another tragedy such as that of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya’s murder, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said.

He admitted that Sosilawati’s case could have been prevented if fast action, including proper investigation, had been conducted over earlier reports of missing persons.

He also said a task force had been formed to investigate all missing persons reports linked to the lawyer brothers.

“There should be no more slacking. Those caught slacking or ignoring missing persons reports will be severely reprimanded,” he told senior news editors during a briefing at his office in Bukit Aman yesterday.

As for Sosilawati’s case, Ismail said police considered it solved and commended CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin, Deputy Comm Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah and all the detectives in the Sosilawati task force for nabbing the suspects involved.

He said the team will be liaising with the Attorney-General’s Chambers in preparing the charges and type of charges to be preferred against those detained for the murders of Sosilawati and three others – lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, CIMB Bank officer Noorhisham Moham mad, 38, and driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44.

“We hope the public will give us time so that we have an airtight case with ample evidence to be adduced in court.

“So, do not speculate if we do not charge the suspects fast.”