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Malaysian cop to aid Philippine counterparts in court case against cryptocurrency ransom-cum-murder case

KUALA LUMPUR: Philippine police have asked their Malaysian counterparts to give expert witness statements for court proceedings in the case of the Perak-born man who was found dead in Manila despite a ransom being paid.

Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf told the New Straits Times Malaysian police will send a representative from its Cryptocurrency Crime Investigation Unit, which played a vital role in tracking the suspects involved in the case.

"One of my officers will become a witness and will be giving testimony on the cryptocurrency part of the investigation," he said.

Ramli did not say when the Malaysian representative will fly to Manila to give his statement, but said he was ready to give full cooperation to the Philippine authorities in the case.

Last month, it was reported that Philippine police discovered the remains of a man believed to be a Malaysian who was kidnapped and held for ransom.

Ramli had said Philippines police had received a report from the victim's brother on Oct 22.

He had said that a group of men had kidnapped the Malaysian and had asked for RM330,000 in ransom from his brother.

He said that the money has been transferred to the kidnappers via cryptocurrency exchange in US dollars.

Despite that, the man was killed and Philippine police found his body in San Sinom, Papanga on Oct 23.

After the discovery, Philippine police asked their Malaysian counterparts to assist in tracking down the culprits via the ransom transaction.

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