SA boy's kidnappers face death penalty

2012-05-09 14:33
Cape Town - Malaysia’s government confirmed the kidnappers arrested in Malaysia for the abduction of 12-year-old Nayati Moodliar could be executed, the Cape Argus reported on Wednesday.

“Police are still investigating the case under the Kidnapping Act, and if found guilty, the suspects will receive the death sentence,” Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohmad Salleh said at a press conference.

Police confirmed that five people, four men and a woman, were arrested on Wednesday morning. The alleged mastermind reportedly fled the country.

The arrested suspects were aged between 30 and 50.

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.

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