SHAH ALAM: Seven men, including and auxiliary policeman, are facing the death sentence after they were charged with abducting a transport company manager for ransom last year.
The policeman, S R Jevan, 42, along with S Surendran, 35; S Mohan, 33; S Prakhas, 34; A K Muniandy, 60; P Uthaya Kumar, 25 and Bangladesh national, Barique, 37, nodded to indicate they understood the charge after it was read to them before magistrate Raja Noor Adilla Raja Mahyaldin.
The accused worked as lorry drivers, security guards, a businessman and construction worker.
The seven, along with another person still at large, were accused of kidnapping P Pratap, 35, for a ransom of RM300,000.
They were accused of committing the offence at Jalan 1B/8, Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, about 9.10pm on Dec 12, last year.
The offence, under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act, carries the death sentence or life imprisonment.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy Public Prosecutor Megat Mahathir Megat Tharih Afendi while lawyer, Dennis Pereira, represented Jevan; S S Ruben and P Prakasam appeared on behalf of Muniandy and K Lavinia for Mohan.
The other four accused were not represented.
The magistrate later fixed March 13 for mention of the case.
It was reported that an auxiliary policeman was the mastermind behind the kidnapping of the company manager and suspects believed to be involved in the case were rounded up following raids in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak and Kuala Lumpur over the last four weeks.
Selangor police chief Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Mansor was quoted as saying that the victim was abducted in Bandar Baru, Sungai Buloh on Dec 12 and released in Bemban, Malacca on Jan 3 after a ransom was paid.
Mazlan was reported to have said that the auxiliary policeman was attached to an agency in Putrajaya and the group members knew each other.
He said the suspects could be described as hardcore criminals as they were also involved in six money changer robbery cases reported in Klang Valley before last year.
He said investigations also revealed the mastermind and his gang members were involved in a murder and another kidnapping case in 2017.