Sabah marine cop still being quizzed after Abu Sayyaf detention

KOTA KINABALU: Police are trying to get as much information as possible from Kons Zakiah Aleip (pic) on his eight-month detention in the mountainous Abu Sayyaf strongholds in Jolo Island in southern Philippines.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the 27-year-old marine policeman was still being interviewed by his superiors at Bukit Aman.

"He will not be coming back to Sabah so soon. There are still many things to be done in Bukit Aman," he said after a seminar on integrity at the Kepayan police headquarters, near here, on Friday.

It is understood that Kons Zakiah has been in Kuala Lumpur with his 24-year-old wife Sharifah Erna Berson and their year-old son Hisyam since Sunday.

Kons Zakiah was released by his abductors on March 6. Malaysian security forces brought him out of Sulu in the Philippines the following day.

The policeman was reported to be in good health, but tired upon his arrival.

Kons Zakiah was abducted after gunmen attacked a marine police unit at Pulau Mabul at around 11.10pm on July 12.

His colleague Kpl Ab Rajah Jamuan, 32, was killed in the attack.

Meanwhile, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said police believe there was no foul play in the death of General Operations Force (GOF) personnel Kpl Hasmadi Hasnan, who was found dead by villagers in Kg Tanjung Aru in Sandakan.

"The corporal had been reported missing for two days before his body was discovered. He is believed to have drowned," he said.

Kpl Hasmadi was reported missing on Tuesday when he failed to return to base after a day back home and was found dead by villagers at about 5am on Thursday.

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