15 mi­grant work­ers sus­pected of mur­der deemed in­no­cent, re­leased in Malaysia

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

PO­LICE in Malaysia have re­leased 15 Myan­mar mi­grant work­ers who were de­tained ear­lier this month as sus­pects in the grisly mur­der of four of their com­pa­tri­ots in Pe­nang dur­ing an ap­par­ent botched rob­bery at­tempt, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Myan­mar em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the homi­cides, which took place out­side the house where the four men were slain, and where the 15 sus­pects also live.

The 15 Myan­mar na­tion­als were ques­tioned, deemed in­no­cent and re­leased on July 25, with the help of the em­bassy and the Darna Kuthala Free Fu­neral Ser­vice (FFS) or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Pe­nang, an em­bassy of­fi­cial told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day.

“Malaysian po­lice have not been able to ar­rest any­one of sus­pi­cion us­ing the CCTV records,” said Ko Ye Min Tun, a chair of Darna Kuthala FFS. “They are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing. My or­gan­i­sa­tion and our em­bassy will keep a watch and make sure the po­lice ar­rest the real mur­der­ers.”

Em­bassy of­fi­cials are keep­ing the mi­grants at a se­cure place with the help of their em­ploy­ers and the Darna Kuthala FFS. At the re­quest of the mi­grants, the em­bassy plans to send them back to Myan­mar.

“All of the re­leased mi­grants want to go back home,” said Ko Ye Min Tun. “They do not want to live here any more be­cause the cruel mur­der case hap­pened in front of them and they lost their friends. The fright­en­ing case has af­fected them. All of their rel­a­tives in Myan­mar want them to come back home.”

On the morn­ing of July 11, Ko Kyaw Shwe, 30, was robbed in front of his house by a group of mo­tor­bike rid­ers. Ko Naing Win, Ko Kyaw Moe and Ko Mya Tun, who lived in the same com­pound, shouted at the as­sailants, at­tempt­ing to pre­vent the rob­bery. They were all stabbed to death by the uniden­ti­fied group. Ko Mya Tun died at the hos­pi­tal. The other three men died at the scene, the em­bassy’s state­ment said.

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Fif­teen Myan­mar mi­grant work­ers were wrong­fully de­tained in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of four of their com­pa­tri­ots. They were re­leased this week.

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