Kid­napped money changer found


GE­ORGE TOWN: A 60-year-old money changer was found safe at an apart­ment unit in Bayan Lepas Sun­day af­ter be­ing held cap­tive for five days since last Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Pe­nang po­lice chief Datuk Ab­dul Gha­far Ra­jab, the money changer from Bukit Jam­bul was tied up and blind­folded, but was not harmed by his cap­tors when found at about 11.30pm.

He said po­lice made a break­through in the case af­ter a man who was held in con­nec­tion with the kid­nap­ping led in­ves­ti­ga­tors to the rented unit af­ter be­ing in­ter­ro­gated.

Fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the vic­tim, po­lice de­tained seven men and a 36-yearold woman, be­lieved to be the wife of one of the sus­pects, at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

He said the sus­pects are aged be­tween 23 and 38 and one of them has a crim­i­nal record for ri­ot­ing, drug-re­lated of­fences and caus­ing hurt.

Ab­dul Gha­far said the vic­tim was kid­napped by sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als in a van when he came out of his home in Bukit Jam­bul at about 10.30am last Wed­nes­day.

He said the sus­pects had de­manded a ran­som of RM3 mil­lion from the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

“I be­lieve the case has been solved with the ar­rest of the sus­pects,” he told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

The sus­pects have been re­manded un­til Sun­day to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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