RM15m ransom demanded for housewife
KULAI: The kidnappers of a 44-year-old housewife in Kulai last month demanded a S$5 million (RM15.8 million) ransom before they were nabbed.
This was revealed in the magistrate’s court yesterday when three Malaysian men and an Indonesian man were charged with the abduction and wrongful confinement for ransom of the woman, who was rescued in Batam, Indonesia, 27 days after she was kidnapped in Johor.
Kulai district police chief Superintendent Razak Md Said said the woman was abducted by four men at her home in Bandar Putra here at 7.25pm on Feb 21.
“A few days after the victim was abducted, her husband received a telephone call from the perpetrators demanding a ransom of S$5 million.
“The police set up a special team comprising Johor and Bukit Aman personnel to rescue the victim.
“After obtaining intelligence between March 13 and March 19, several arrests were made by police with the help of our Indonesian counterparts.
“This led to the victim being rescued on March 19 after she had been held for more than 20 days in Batam, Indonesia,” Razak said, adding that altogether, nine men and four women were arrested by Malaysian police while four men were held during the rescue operation in Indonesia.
Yesterday, Malaysians Beh Joo Siong, 31; Lee Fa Xian, 30; and, Soh Wei Lon, 35; and Indonesian Agustinus Ratu, 39; nodded their heads to signal they understood the charge read to them in front of magistrate Azlan Bohari.
No pleas were recorded.
The four were jointly charged with three people still at large for wrongfully confining the woman at an empty semi-completed house in Kampung Lepau, Pelantar, Pengerang, near Kota Tinggi.
They were charged under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1962 (Act 365) for abduction, wrongful restraint or wrongful confinement for ransom, which was read with Section 34 of the Penal Code.
If convicted, the four men face death or life imprisonment and are liable for whipping if they are not sentenced to death.
The court fixed April 26 for mention pending the results of DNA tests. No bail was offered to the four men.
The four men charged with kidnapping a 44-year-old housewife at the magistrate’s court in Kulai, Johor, yesterday.