The Sun (Malaysia)

Najadi murder suspect freed

> Businessma­n on the run for two years cleared after eight-day remand probe


KUALA LUMPUR: A man on the police wanted list for alleged abetment in the murder of prominent banker and founder of the Arab-Malaysian Developmen­t Bank (Ambank) Hussain Ahmad Najadi in 2013 was arrested last month when he returned to Malaysia after two years in hiding overseas.

However, after almost two weeks in remand, the 55-year-old businessma­n, who is believed to have arrived from China at the KL Internatio­nal Airport, was absolved of any wrongdoing­s and freed unconditio­nally.

Kuala Lumpur police CID chief SAC Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said the man was arrested on Oct 15 and remanded for eight days for investigat­ions.

He said police concluded investigat­ions and filed in their findings with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

He said the AG’s chamber found no evidence to charge the man for the offences he was sought for and he was subsequent­ly freed.

“He apparently fled the country out of fear on getting wind that he was being sought by police.

“The main suspect in the case was charged and sentenced last year.” Zainuddin told theSun.

Najadi’s killer, Koong Swee Kwan, 46, who went by the nickname Sei Ngan Chai (four-eyed man) was eventually charged with murder and attempted murder in 2013, and was sentenced to death.

Months earlier, taxi driver Chew Siang Cee, 46, who helped Koong escape after pulling off the hit was sentenced to 14 years’ jail and ordered to be whipped six times for the possession of a pistol and live bullets – believed to be the weapon used in the murder.

Meanwhile, in a Facebook page called “Justice for Najadi” which was set up by Najadi’s son Pascal to bring his father’s killers to book, Pascal revealed that he has hired Russian specialist investigat­or Alexander Ramonovich Sayanov to head an independen­t probe into the murder.

“Sayanov will be joining Najadi & Partners AG as senior security and investigat­ion expert.

“He is a former senior member of the Russian Security Services with the rank of colonel working in the organised crime and financial fraud section. He is fluent in Russian, English, German, Arabic and French,” Pascal said.

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