Firearms, ammo seized from Bill Kayong murder suspect’s home

MIRI: Sarawak police have seized a cache of high-powered firearms and hundreds of bullets from the house of a “Datuk” businessman here who is a wanted suspect in the murder of native land rights activist Bill Kayong.

Sarawak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar said a police team raided the house of Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang in the outskirts of Miri City on Wednesday and seized the firearms.

SAC Dev said it was found that some of these firearms were imported from overseas including from Europe.

“The police team involved in the probe in the case of Bill Kayong led by ACP Abdul Razak Mohamed conducted a search in the suspect’s house.

“These firearms are not linked directly to the murder of Bill Kayong but we have seized all of them for security reasons since the suspect is still on the run in Australia,” he said at a press conference at the Miri police headquarters here Thursday.

The firearms, which were discovered in a room, included a Glock pistol and a Ruger Ranch rifle.223 with the licences issued by the police.

Five shotguns of various brands were seized as well. Its licences were issued by the Miri district office.

“We also seized 416 rounds of 9mm bullets, a GFL Luger 9mm ammunition and 206 rounds of shotgun bullets of various brands,” said SAC Kumar.

To a question, he said preliminary investigations showed the businessman had a licence to import firearms for his own collection.

Asked on the firearm that was used to kill Bill Kayong, SAC Kumar said police probe so far did not show that it came from the Datuk’s firearms collection.

On when the police would be able to arrest the businessman, he said since the suspect was in a foreign country, the Malaysian police here could not just fly over and arrest him.

According to SAC Kumar, the police were working with Interpol over the matter.

Bill Kayong was the Miri PKR secretary who was actively involved in social and land rights cases in northern Sarawak.

He was shot dead mafia style at a traffic intersection in front of the E Mart Commercial Centre in the Kuala Baram district, 15km north of Miri city on June 21 at about 8.20am.

The suspect reportedly flew to Singapore on June 23, two days after the murder, and then to Melbourne, Australia, on July 3.

He is one of two suspects still at large. A third suspect surrendered himself at Miri police station on Aug 18. – Star Online

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