KUALA LUMPUR, May 25, 2015:
The police forensic team is identifying evidence collected from what is believed to be the graves of human trafficking victims in Padang Besar, Perlis.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the team was not only in the midst of digging out the graves to determine the exact number of bodies buried there, but also determining whether the corpses were those of Rohingya or Bangladeshi victims.
Zahid also told reporters at the Parliament lobby today that Malaysian authorities were working with their Thai counterparts to see if the “mastermind” had fled to either one of the countries.
“The co-operation and the exchange of information are not only based on legalities, but also on humanitarian grounds.”
The Star yesterday reported that almost 100 bodies of unidentified migrants were found near the border of Thailand.
In an exclusive, the English daily quoted sources who revealed that police and forensic teams from Bukit Aman had arrived at the site on Friday.
According to a source, no details were available as police were still conducting the operation.
A police officer also told The Star that the location was a restricted area, which was not accessible to the public.
Mingguan Malaysia, meanwhile, reported 30 mass graves were found containing skeletal remains believed to be that of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants.
The discovery was made by 300 police commandos.