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Pakistanis use Facebook to kidnap M'sian victims
Publication Date : 19-12-2013
A spate of criminal activities in Kuala Lumpur over the past two months led the police to nab several foreigners who allegedly kidnapped local men they befriended on Facebook.
At the same time, the city police have stepped up their hunt for two couples, one connected to an armed robbery at a club and the other accused of jumping bail after duping a real estate agent.
City criminal investigation department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Ku Chin Wah said several Pakistani men had allegedly used the social network site to invite gullible young men to be their friends. Next, they would meet up with their prospective prey and invite them to their house. The young men would then be held captive and the abductors would demand a ransom from their families for the victims’ release.
Ku said there were three such cases reported over the past month, all involving young men who have a “certain hobby” or “inclination”. He declined to elaborate.
“They (the kidnappers) were not asking for huge amounts of ransom. They mainly looked for easy prey,” said Ku, adding that a school deputy principal in his 40s was released after a 5,000 ringgit (US$1,534) ransom was paid by his family for his release on November 17.
He said four Pakistan nationals, aged between 30 and 40, were nabbed over the incident on Monday. Two were nabbed in Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, and the other in Jalan Ketumbar, Cheras.
He said the men, aged between 30 and 40, had been staying illegally in Malaysia after their visit passes expired.
Two similar incidents were later uncovered following police investigations of the case, Ku told a press conference here on Wednesday.
In an unrelated case, the police are looking for a pair believed to be linked to a robbery at a club in Bukit Bintang on November 28.
Ku named the pair as Choi Mui Ling, 27, and Chang Sin Wah, 37.
In the 3:30am incident, a group of men marched into the club with wooden stakes, knives and bottles and assaulted several people at the club before escaping with cash and watches worth more than 3,000 ringgit ($920).
Ku said the police were also hunting down a couple who jumped bail after appearing in court on charges of robbing a real estate agent of 70,000 ringgit ($21,479) in cash and valuables while pretending to be interested to buy an apartment unit at Mont Kiara Palma here.
An arrest warrant was issued on October 23 for Wong Wai Kit and How Sow Kim, both 34, who were nabbed in 2012 and charged in a Sessions Court for the alleged offence against the real estate agent.