Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Where are P. Balasubramaniam, his wife and their children?

It seems to be anyone’s guess, read the fudging, sidetracking and convolution in some of these news reports:

1. NST "Police: No agenda in Bala Case"

Police do not have any agenda in investigating the statutory declarations by private investigator P. Balasubramaniam.

“Federal Police CID director Bakri “Zinin reiterated that their investigations were not based on assumptions.

"We simply want to establish the facts," he said

"We are professionals. We do not have ulterior motives."

Bakri added that the steps taken by the police to locate the missing private investigator were also not meant to put him under undue pressure.”

2. Meanwhile the Star reports on 9th July 2008:

“Private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, who disappeared with his wife and three children last Friday, has been located.

Sources said police here with the help of Interpol traced his whereabouts to an Asean country but declined to name it or say when he would be brought back.

CID Director Comm Bakri Zinin confirmed this but declined to reveal details.”

3. Meanwhile Home Affairs Minister Syed Albar is reported by the Sun, on 9th July 2008, as saying:

"I have no comment on Balasubramaniam."

I am in no position to discuss or debate."

"So far as the law enforcement agencies are concerned... we have to make sure our investigations are not disturbed in any way."

"Otherwise there will be all sorts of allegations and charges against the police, and it will be difficult for them," he said.

"I am sure that Balasubramaniam is safe, otherwise the family members would not be asking questions," said Syed Hamid, who urged the press to leave the investigation in the hands of the police.

He added that if the police have strong reason to believe that their lives of Balasubramaniam and his family are being threatened, it is the duty and responsibility of the police to provide them protection.

4. P. Balasupramaniam’s nephew says, according to a Sun report dated 9th July 2008:

“Missing PI Bala contacted nephew

After three days of being in the dark about the whereabouts of his uncle private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, R. Kumaresan received a call late on Monday night.

However, other than knowing that his uncle and aunt are alive, Kumaresan, is no closer to knowing their whereabouts or if they are being detained against their will.

Speaking at a gathering of about 150 people organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) opposite a restaurant on Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, at 8pm yesterday, Kumaresan said he received the phone call which appeared as "private number" on his handphone about 11.30pm on Monday.

He said despite repeatedly asking his uncle where he was, Balasubramaniam, who sounded very formal and uncomfortable, told him that he was unable to reveal his whereabouts, and passed the call to his wife.

"I asked my aunt the same questions but she too told me she was unable to say where she was but she did say she was using a policeman's handphone to make the call," said Kumaresan, a 27-year-old IT professional.

He said his aunt told him that they were fine before he heard what sounded like a door slamming in the background and the call, which lasted about three minutes, went dead.

Kumaresan's lawyer R. Surendran said the call indicates that Balasubramaniam and family were being confined against their will and urged the police to swiftly probe his whereabouts.

(Note: In Malaysia a call indicating ‘private number’ could be either from within Malaysia or abroad)

This last report may be closer to the truth than the others?

The plot thickens, but vital questions remain:

  • Where are P. Balasubramanian, his wife and children?
  • Are they being held against their will, if so who is detaining them?

Bala’s wife was reported as saying:

“she was using a policeman's handphone to make the call,"

Was this referring to a Malaysian policeman, or foreign policeman?

This vitally important question remains unanswered.

Ubi sunt?

- Where are they?

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