KAJANG, Oct 16 – Three suspects which are a businessman, a lorry driver and an Indonesian labourer who allegedly abducted a five-year-old boy for RM300,000 ransom from near his kindergarten in Sungai Chua on last week have been charged at the Magistrates’ Court here today.
Labourer Riduansyah Yaya, 32, lorry driver, Mohd Saifulamry Jarkasy, 28, and businessman Siow Kek Keong, 44, was accused of abducting the child at Jalan Seroja near house No. 40 at Taman Setia, Sungai Chua, Kajang, Selangor, at 9.26am on Oct 9. The trio allegedly kidnapped the child in order to secure a RM300,000 ransom. It was reported that the child was returned to his family later the same day.
The accused trio were also picked up by police the same day. During the short proceedings today, Siow, Saifulamry and Riduansyah indicated they understood the charge read to them by an interpreter. No plea was recorded. The suspects were charged under Section 3 (1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code which carries a sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty if convicted.
If found guilty, they are liable to a sentence of death or imprisonment for life and shall, if he is not sentenced to death, also be liable to whipping. Magistrate Abdul Jalil Salam then set Dec 21 for mention. Meanwhile, Deputy public prosecutor S. Abirami prosecuted. Counsel Mohd Fadli Yaakob and Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent acted for Saifulamry and Siow respectively. Riduansyah was unrepresented.
On Friday, a closed circuit television camera (CCTV) turned viral showed two men asking for directions from the mother of the victim before grabbing the boy and escaped into a a car. About eight hours later, a taxi driver known only as Nizam then returned the child to the family home at around 5.47 am. The victim’s father had paid a total of RM300,000 ransom to the kidnappers to free his son.