(Borneo Insider) - Among those hauled up for questioning and interrogation is the son of Rajah Mudah Abjimuddin Kiram, the leader of the Sulu Raiders who held security forces to a three-week stand-off at Tanduo, before fleeing to safer ground. Others include the information chief of a local political party as well as uniformed personnel.
13 bodies of Tanduo raiders recovered, mop-up exercise on-going; fighting in Labian; Four arrests in Semporna; one intruder killed in Labian; Lok Kawi camp fired at; Abjimuddin said to have escaped and very alive
By THE BORNEO INSIDER TEAM
TANDUO, FELDA SAHABAT, LAHAD DATU: Relatives of the Sulu Sultan’s family are said to be among dozens of people who have been hauled up by the police over the last two weeks on suspicion that they are sympathisers of the so called Sulu Royal Army.
Among those hauled up for questioning and interrogation is the son of Rajah Mudah Abjimuddin Kiram, the leader of the Sulu Raiders who held security forces to a three-week stand-off at Tanduo, before fleeing to safer ground.
Others include the information chief of a local political party as well as uniformed personnel – though earlier the IGP had denied that security people had been detained for allegedly providing the “other side” with classified information.
Police remain tight-lipped about the arrests but at least four men have been transferred to police headquarters in Kepayan to be interrogated.
The photo of a policeman was also posted by unidentified sources on Facebook, branding him a traitor.
On Tuesday night, villagers near Kembarabudi in Felda Sahabat area said police also detained eight people in a blue van as they were driving out of the Tanjung Labian area which was about 5kms away along the coastline to Tanduo village which was bombed earlier in the day.
The villagers claimed that among those detained could be a son of Abjimuddin, and a woman who could also be related to the Kirams.
Tanduo villagers, who fled upon the first landing of the Sulu group on Feb 9, have said that Abjimuddin and his top lieutenant known as “Musa’’ a former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) commander, were related to local village leaders through marriage.
Abjimuddin, a soft-spoken person was also once the former assistant district officer of Kudat in the early 1970s – though he used a different name then – and his family has a long list of relatives living mainly in Lahad Datu, Semporna and Sandakan