Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Five #Myanmar kidnap victims rescued

Police have rescued five Myanmar nationals from captivity, allegedly masterminded by their own countryman.

The victims were kidnapped and chained in a room at a resort in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang.

Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahim Abdullah said police were alerted after a Myanmar man lodged a report on Sunday that his younger brother had been kidnapped.

“The man claimed that his sibling was taken in Rawang while he was sending money back home to his family.

“We then formed a task force and investigations led us to the resort,” he said yesterday.

ACP Abdul Rahim said that when police raided the resort at around 1am yesterday, they found the brother and four other men.

“All of them were chained together and they claimed that they were fed only once a day.

“Further investigations revealed that they worked as labourers and were taken from Johor, Terengganu and Rawang,” he said, adding that they were aged between 16 and 40.

ACP Abdul Rahim said the room was used by a Myanmar man who worked for the resort’s maintenance department.

He said police arrested the Myanmar man in Shah Alam three hours later. “He is believed to be the mastermind behind the kidnappings.”

He said the suspect had been remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

One of the victims, 23-year-old Nor Mohd, said he was kidnapped three days ago after a friend offered him a job in Bukit Tinggi.

“I went to Bukit Tinggi from Johor Baru and was kidnapped there. My family paid RM10,000 but I was still not released,” he told reporters who met him at the Gombak police district headquarters.


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