PUTRAJAYA, Dec 20 – The authorities in the Philippines have confirmed that a severed head found in the southern island of Jolo to be that of slain Malaysian hostage Bernard Then Ted Fen, based on a DNA test. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police were verbally informed on the matter recently and were still waiting for a written report from the Philippine authorities.
“The DNA test on the head found in Jolo matched that of Bernard Then and I convey my condolences to the deceased’s family. The police would be taking all the necessary measures, including extraditing the parties responsible to Malaysia, to ensure Then received justice,” Khalid told reporters after receiving an Honourary Doctorate in Leadership from Limkokwing University here Saturday.
“For this purpose, the police would liaise with the Attorney- General’s Chambers to expedite arrangements or legal processes to bring those responsible for Then’s murder to face the laws of the country. At least, two people will be extradited but they have to go through the legal process in the Philippines (as well),” he added.
On Dec 15, Foreign Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said a Philippine security team had found a headless body, believed to be that of Then, of Sarawak. The victim was kidnapped by a group of armed men at a seafood restaurant in Sandakan, Sabah on May 14, together with restaurant manager, Thein Nyuk Fun, 50, who was released on Nov 8. However, Then, 39, was beheaded at an isolated location in Jolo island on Nov 11.