15 migrant workers suspected of murder deemed innocent, released in Malaysia
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.
Fifteen Myanmar migrant workers were wrongfully detained in connection with the murder of four of their compatriots. They were released this week.