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.

  • monique.feilingrawjee - 2012-05-09 14:39

    good. Can only imagine what that poor boy went through...and the fear that he's parents must have felt, not knowing where your child is... I hope they do get the mastermind thou...

      John - 2012-05-09 15:07

      great news a few less scum bags in the world, SA should take a leaf out of their boof, imagine the cost we could save with swift justice.

      Kala - 2012-05-09 17:02

      Now that's the way to handle criminals.

  • hlongwanech - 2012-05-09 14:46

    good work by the malaysian police they will get what they deserve

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-09 14:46

    Kry vir hulle

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-09 14:47

    If only their laws were applied here!!

  • Samantha - 2012-05-09 14:48

    great news!- if only crimes like this and more were taken more seriously here in SA-

  • Angelica - 2012-05-09 14:49


      jscholtz - 2012-05-10 09:37

      Do you really trust the ruling government with killing people? Do you even think that far when you suggest bringing back the death penalty? I am bleeding hart but that is an amazing amount of trust you must have.

  • Snoopy - 2012-05-09 14:50


      jscholtz - 2012-05-10 09:39

      So much contradiction..

  • robert.mevo - 2012-05-09 14:53

    dis must b a lessen 2 aders.i wl b glad if SA copy n bring it sorry 2 de families of dos prisoners but dey deserve it.

  • Jozan - 2012-05-09 15:02

    Serves them right.

  • Smiso - 2012-05-09 15:12

    I hope SA Ruling party is watching what other countries are doing with criminals

      clivegoss - 2012-05-09 15:45

      They are to busy ruling boet.Takes time takes money

  • Cindy - 2012-05-09 15:24

    wish we had the death penalty :) :) :)

      Kala - 2012-05-09 17:04

      I'll do it! I'll gladly string up a murderer or rapist.

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-09 17:12

      ill be more than happy to take the jobas grim reaper!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-09 17:39

      Life is so cheap in SA, there will be a queue of volunteers, Fannie. Do what they do in Armies all over the World: set up a firing squad and load only certain guns. That way everyone can sleep soundly.

      Piet - 2012-05-09 19:24

      Fannie, I will. Ihave a very trust worthy .45 and it is cheap....

  • clivegoss - 2012-05-09 15:43

    Death penalty what a wonderfully novel idea ! !

  • rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-09 15:43

    it is reeeally, reeeeally good and pleasing to hear that the family is reunited and except for the trauma it turned out OK. On the other hand i have never been so excited for someone to die! I'm like yipee! How they gonna die...hanging, firing squad,lethal injection! Ohh heck it doesnt matter they frikken GONNA DIE! And the darnwell deserve to! Bottom line...crime doesnt pay!

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-09 15:49

      Death row is harsh in Malaysia. The condemned aren't even told when there date with destiny is. They are normally told a few hours before. And its normally a bullet to the back of the head.

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-09 16:25

      thnx for the info. It is right to execute them without them knowing in advance! Their victim/s didnt have advance notice either! If they are guilty then they deserve their punishment. We dont know if they had done it before and got away with it! What we know now is that they wont ever do it again!

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-09 16:34


      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-09 17:30

      ye if they don't know when you can still frighten them and shout SURPRISE!

      nawtymonz - 2012-05-09 18:43

      Actually in Malaysia and Singapore execute by hanging And both countries still practice caning for misdemeanors. For Murder, Kidnapping and drug related offences the implement the death penalty. However Singapore has a zero corruption policy where as Malaysia and Indonesia you can "pay fees" for better lawyers to help your case.

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-05-09 15:44

    I just love to hear of a logical law system that works. The only way inhumane perpetrators must be punished.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-09 15:45

    It should be fairly easy to trace the money and connect the dots. I wonder if anyone has the stats of kidnaps/million for Malaysia and for South Africa. This should say something in regards to the deterrent value of the death penalty. The dad Sham Moodliar? What does he do when he is not in the mood? Is he for real or just a sham? Anyway, a good ending. Best wishes to the family.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-09 16:18

      Look anywhere in the world. Punishment has little deterrent value - it's the quality of the law enforcement that is the deterrent value.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-09 17:06

      You are probably right, Michael, but let's assume excellent law enforcement. Nothing falling through the cracks. I just have the feeling that one will have more kidnappings if the pain at being caught is mere accommodation in a comfortable jail, as compared to a permanent visit to Mr.Diablo.

  • Aaron - 2012-05-09 15:54

    need malaysian shariah laws here to deal with crimnals. they are animals and should be dealt with as such

  • Liko - 2012-05-09 15:57


  • bnnyoni - 2012-05-09 16:00

    if ever found guilty an hang them and olny to found out that there whr not guilty are there going to give them their lifes back? mistakes do happened, we dont have a right to take out life only God does! life sentence is the best!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-09 17:46

      People are dying of hugder in SA while criminals, some of them repeat murderers and rapists, get fed and sleep under blankets. If you believe a life sentence is the only way to go, they should be in solitary confinement with no family contact for the rest of their days. They also don't have the right to take the lives of innocents, but that doesn't seem to stop certain people in our society.

  • Frans - 2012-05-09 16:01

    Now here is a country who cares about the innocent. SA can learn a lot from them. No rights for criminals.

  • qinisile.phungula - 2012-05-09 16:01

    Nice death sentence wish our country could be this strict on criminals.

  • Sabiha - 2012-05-09 16:04

    good news for the boys family, sad for us SA citizens jacob Zuma will not bring back death penalty

  • mmenzisco - 2012-05-09 16:06

    I will never wish for anyone to die. I hope you all who said the death penalty is okay, you don't go to church and you don't read the Bible. I will understand why you saying it. But then I think atheist are most considerate people. What if it was your brother or even your father that was going to be killed. I am not expecting you to get your heads around this cause common sense abilities are not for everyone.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-09 16:20

      People conveniently forget the cost (both emotional and monetary to all involved) regarding the death penalty, the countless extra appeals that they have to go through and that it's the quality of law enforcement that makes a good deterrent. A country could have laws that set people on fire as soon as they were caught, but if they had a none existent police force none of the criminals would care.

      Brett - 2012-05-09 16:28

      Do it the way Botswana does - 2 weeks after sentencing.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-09 17:33

      If my father or brother do sh@t that deserves the death penalty so be it!

      Piet - 2012-05-09 19:26

      Yebo, clearly you have not read the whole book. Stoning was accepted in the bible as punishment.....

      mmenzisco - 2012-05-09 22:57

      Piet you read the different Bible that promote taking someone's life. Louis, you only saying that because is not your father or any relative for that matter. You will never feel it and I can't expect you stand this.

  • Aphiwe - 2012-05-09 16:34

    yho Malaysia don't play yeah... lol. good 4 dem man.

  • Thato - 2012-05-09 16:36

    I think out justice system could learn alot from their Malaysians- I like their system; just wonder what do they do to serial killers, rapists and robbers... *I thinks we could have a better solution our prison over crowding problem and farm attacks would drop to zero*

  • Kala - 2012-05-09 17:03

    Oh and I bet the court proceedings won't drag on for four years.

  • Jean - 2012-05-09 17:17

    Malaysia is tough! *drooling*

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-05-09 17:20

    Death penalty will be good for those kidnappers.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-09 17:25

    Wonderful! No one should ever have to go through the kidnapping of a child. I wish our government would have some respect for human life and the quality of life. By that I mean not having to live with a gun under your pillow or fearing being raped if you walk around the block. Those who diminish the quality of life of others do not deserve to live.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-09 17:42

    here in SA they will get 7 years and with all kinds of discounts be out in 2. It must be great to have a government which is serious about ending crime. Who punishes crime with intent to discourage it and also to make the population feel their rights and needs are respected. At the same time you take the criminal out of the genepool- which can only be good, you don't battle with overcrowded prisons and you don;t have to spend money to feed the criminal for however (and who pays for that?- the poor victim nogal). Those that say death penalty is expensive talks cr@p and those that say there is no deterrent effect needs to go and do more research. A while ago there was a killing in a prison in my hometown and when they asked the prisoner why he did it he asnwered..."I am already in here for murder- what more are they going to do to me?"

  • George - 2012-05-09 18:00

    Does Malaysia really have to show us how its done?!

  • Chantal - 2012-05-09 18:01

    Our country has to have rules and actions have to have consequences especially if they bad. I think that if an example is set the crime rate will drop significantly cause people will fear the consequences. For eg. If the guys that raped the mentally ill girl was given the death penalty n it was carried out as the evidence was so clear, I think the rapes that occurred and was reported after that wouldn't have been so many. The problem with our country is that are no severe consequences to face when a criminal act is committed which implies to people to say if he done it and got off lightly why can't I.

  • Ted - 2012-05-09 18:05

    South Africans! Today we like our constitution because it is the greatest in the world, tomorrow we want sharia law, next day we want something else! Typical of a rainbow as we call ourselves! Ever shifting.

  • nawtymonz - 2012-05-09 18:31

    You don't mess around in Asian Countries. Respect the law and they will look after you. If you dont, well can not lah. They can be grateful this didn't happen in Singapore

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-05-09 18:51

    South Africa please take note, this is how criminals should be punished... No BS... Commit a crime and be dealt with severely, not a slap on the wrist like our justice system seems to enjoy doing... This is how you deal with criminals!!!!

      Piet - 2012-05-09 19:27

      Meredith, if they aplly the same laws, they will have nobody lefft to vote for them after a couple of years....

  • Giellie - 2012-05-09 19:29

    With penalties like this, you do not have the problem of repeat offenders well done

  • Michael Green - 2012-05-09 20:17

    If it was in South Africa, they would be out next freedom day, or sooner with a small bribe.

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  • jeremy002 - 2012-05-10 06:22

    Once again the Malaysians get it right. They know how to deal correctly with criminals. Lets hope it is not just a "may" but a "definitely will" face the death penalty. You have to root out this sort of savagery.

  • Manu - 2012-05-10 07:18

    The death penalty for kinapping where the hostage is released unharmed is just plain out wrong. Many of you are supporting this I suspect out of a sense of vengeance. But vengeance is not equal to justice. The message this death penalty sends to kidnappers is well kill your hostage because either way you are screwed. I support the death penalty. But from the comments here and elsewhere I have come to the conclusion that the country is not mature enough for the death penalty. Many have a very poor understanding of the purpose of law and what justice is.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-06-08 13:54

    Here they will get away with a slap on the hand.

  • SkepticDesciple - 2013-06-08 15:56

    Great. The sooner the better!

  • SkepticDesciple - 2013-06-08 15:57

    For all the down thunbs, I hope that the criminals destroy your lives some day.

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