One caught; three more at large
Published on: Sunday, March 24, 2019
By: Sherell Jeffrey
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KOTA KINABALU: A 27-year-old Filipino detainee who escaped from the Manggatal Temporary Detention Centre was caught Friday after being on the run since Tuesday. 

The hunt continues for three more identified as Sanny Chuan, 21, Faisal Hamsali, 36, and Azlan Abu Bakar Sidik, 15, who police believe to still be around the State capital.  

City Police Chief ACP Habibi Majinji commended civilian information which led to the recapture of Talam Jafar, who was apprehended at Taman Indah Permai at about 4.45pm. 

He said such cooperation from the public is in line with the police slogan “Polis dan Masyarakat Berpisah Tiada”. 

“I hope the public will continue to disseminate information to us,” he told the media during a rehearsal held at the city police headquarters, here, Saturday. Five Filipinos were initially reported to have escaped from the Centre. One, Ibni Anani, 43, was immediately recaptured. 

All five undocumented immigrants were temporarily detained under Section 34 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and were waiting for their deportation date when they made a run for it after jumping on one of the detention’s security guards who opened a door to serve food to them. 

The five then climbed a 12-foot wire fence behind the facility. 

Preliminary investigations found all five without previous criminal records and that they only got acquainted while under detention.

Police provided to the media mugshots of three of the escapees but not of the minor.

Further probe also showed that the recently recaptured escapee (Talam) had been in the city for a year before he was nabbed for having no proper documents.

Meanwhile, the rehearsal on Saturday was carried out ahead of the 212th Police Day Celebration which will be held on March 25. 

It will also be the first time for city police to celebrate the occasion with Guard of Honour made up of an all-women team, comprising two officers and 50 personnel. 

Habibi said this was one way of lifting the family institution that behind the police force is their families who give full support to the men and women in blue.

“We have also invited our men and women’s children to be part of the ceremony, because children are the symbol of our future,” he said. 



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