MH370: Wives and kin of pilot and co-pilot among those questioned by police

MH370: Wives and kin of pilot and co-pilot among those questioned by police

KUALA LUMPUR - Police have so far interviewed more than 100 people in their investigations into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Acting Transport Minsiter Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said those interviewed included the wives and family members of pilot Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid.

He said the technical committee in the probe into the missing jetliner would decide whether or not to release the interview transcripts.

"The Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar) will attend tomorrow's press conference to answer further questions on the investigations," he told reporters at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

Khalid earlier told a press conference that their investigations were focused on the crew, but those interviewed include Department of Civil Aviation and the Royal Malaysian Air Force officers.

"We have interviewed everyone we needed to interview.

"Investigations are still ongoing so we can't reveal any findings as it may jeopardise our case should there be any prosecution in the future," he said.

Police have also not eliminated any of the four investigation areas - hijacking, sabotage, personal problems and psychological problems.

"Background checks on all the passengers have been done and cleared by their respective countries. Our focus in the investigations has always been on the crew.

"Although the focus is on Zaharie, Fariq Abdul Hamid and the 10 cabin crew, they remain innocent until proven guilty," he said.

On the cooperation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Khalid described it as "good".

"They are helping us analyse data in the flight simulator that belongs to the captain.

"So far, the FBI has not informed us of any findings," he said.

British tabloid the Daily Mirror reported on Monday that the FBI would question Zaharie's wife Faizah Hanum as part of its probe into the pilot's background.

Quoting a source close to the probe, the tabloid reported that the vetting on Fariq was almost complete and had so far thrown up nothing untoward and that the focus was back on Zaharie.

It quoted the source as saying: "There seems to be nothing in the life of Fariq Hamid to suggest a motive for hijacking. The personal life of Zaharie, however, is far more complex, and is in the process of being unravelled."

The report added that the FBI's interest would be on Zaharie's personal life, including his relationship with his family and his political leanings.

They are also said to be interested in examining reports that shortly before Flight MH370 took off from KLIA, Zaharie received a two-minute phone call from a mystery woman using a mobile number obtained by using a false identity.

Bukit Aman had refuted the report on the mystery call and said it was mere speculation.

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