Malaysian police crack SA boy's kidnap case

2012-05-08 22:39

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Cape Town - Malaysian police have shed new light on the kidnapping of a South African couple's 12-year-old son, after arrests in connection with the crime.

Nayati Shamelin Moodliar, who holds a Dutch passport, was released last Thursday after his parents paid a ransom of RM300 000 (Malaysian Ringgit, R770 000).

Since Sunday, police have arrested four suspects (aged between 30 and 50) believed to be involved in the kidnapping, including a woman, according to the New Straits Times (NST).

Sources said part of the R770 000 ransom paid to secure the boy’s release was also recovered. The amount is believed to be more than R260 000.

Laptops and mobile phones said to have been used to demand the ransom were also seized, the website reported.

After several days of surveillance by a police task force headed by city criminal investigation department chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah, the suspects were arrested.

"Operations are ongoing to apprehend another suspect," one of the sources said.

The NST said that police picked up the suspects’ trail not long after Nayati was dropped off at the Rawang rest and recreation area on the North-South Expressway on Thursday morning.

The suspects had allegedly gone separate ways after collecting the ransom.

A source said that the suspects had been assigned different tasks in executing Nayati's kidnapping,

"One was tasked with kidnapping him, another hiding and taking care of him, one to negotiate with the parents and another to collect the ransom."

The police would now wait for Nayati and his family to return from an overseas holiday to identify the suspected kidnappers, according Malaysia's national news agency Bernama.

Huge ransom demand

Nayati was kidnapped on the morning of 27 April while walking to the Mont Kiara International School.

Witnesses said they saw him being bundled into a black car by two men.

Reports of his abduction went viral within hours through social networking websites.

Nayati's father, South African-born Sham Moodliar, appealed to the kidnappers to release the boy.

The kidnappers made contact with Nayati's parents via a social networking website within 24 hours of his abduction, demanding a ransom of nearly R2.6m.

This was later negotiated down to about R770 000.

The parents were instructed to drop off the ransom at an undisclosed location in Cheras last Wednesday night, the NST said.

Nayati was freed along a highway the next morning, "hungry and tired", but unharmed.

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