GEORGE TOWN, Feb 27 – Four locals man were detained for allegedly involvement in the abduction of two Singaporean businessmen in Penang on Tuesday. Penang CID chief Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad confirmed the case and said the suspects aged between 26 and 37, including a Malaysian Thai, were arrested in a budget hotel in Tanjung Tokong at around 2.30pm on Thursday.
“State police received information on the abducted from their counterparts in Singapore via Bukit Aman. The victims are brothers, aged 26 and 27. They were abducted by three of the suspects from a restaurant in George Town and confined in the budget hotel,” Zakaria told a press conference in Penang police headquarters.
“The brothers who reached Penang on Feb 22 morning for business affairs are expected to return to Singapore on Friday. After they reach, they went to a hotel in the town area before going to a restaurant to meet a person for ‘business related matters’. The brothers were however abducted and brought to several budget hotels,” he said.
“Police launched an operation to track down the brothers and managed to rescue them from a budget hotel in Tanjong Tokong. However, they were safe when we found them and we have recorded statements from them. Therefore, they will be leaving for Singapore yesterday night. This case is being investigated under Section 365 of the Penal Code for kidnapping or abducting with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine a person,” he added.