MAN WHO CALLED PAS­TOR’S FAM­ILY TO DE­MAND RAN­SOM AR­RESTED

A man, who called the fam­ily de­mand­ing a ran­som, was ar­rested yes­ter­day

New Straits Times - - Front Page - HARIZ MOHD AND BEATRICE NITA JAY SHAH ALAM news@nst.com.my

AF­TER many weeks of pray­ing and wor­ry­ing, the fam­ily of ab­ducted Pas­tor Ray­mond Koh has some re­newed hope.

This fol­lows the ar­rest of a man early yes­ter­day, af­ter he called the fam­ily to de­mand a ran­som.

A rel­a­tive, who de­clined to be named, said the fam­ily now hoped there would be more leads to shed some light on the case.

“We are happy there has been an ar­rest and hope that it will lead police to more leads in the case.

“This has given us a glim­mer of hope,” the rel­a­tive told the New

Straits Times.

Koh’s friend and fel­low pas­tor, Yee Siew Meng, of City Dis­ci­ple­ship Pres­by­te­rian Church in Subang, called for all to con­tinue pray­ing for his safe re­turn.

Se­lan­gor police chief Datuk Seri Ab­dul Samah Mat said yes­ter­day police had ar­rested a 32year-old sus­pect in an op­er­a­tion at 3.30am af­ter he was said to have con­tacted Ray­mond’s fam­ily to de­mand a sum of money the day be­fore.

“Police have ac­quired a four­day re­mand or­der against the man from the Petaling Jaya mag­is­trate’s court to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the case un­der Sec­tion 365 of the Pe­nal Code for ab­duc­tion, and Sec­tion 385 of the same code for ex­tor­tion,” he said in a state­ment.

Samah said in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing, and urged the pub­lic not to in­dulge in any spec­u­la­tion.

How­ever, he did not men­tion whether police had man­aged to as­cer­tain Ray­mond’s fate fol­low­ing his ab­duc­tion on Feb 13.

Sources said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still work­ing to get more leads into the case, in­clud­ing to as­cer­tain whether the man’s claims that he was one of those who ab­ducted Koh was true.

It was re­ported that Koh, 62, was ab­ducted by a group of men while driv­ing in the Ke­lana Jaya area.

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