Monday March 18, 2013
Japanese rescued from kidnap ring
KUALA LUMPUR: A Japanese man who was lured to Malaysia with a promise of a beautiful wife was kidnapped by a syndicate and held for ransom.
The syndicate used a Filipino woman to hook the 51-year-old engineer via online social websites and Skype to make him fly to Malaysia with the intention of marrying her.
The man arrived on March 12 and was subsequently picked up by his “girlfriend” and brought to a condominium in Kajang.
He was then held in a room and a ransom of US$50,000 (RM150,000) was demanded from his family back in Japan.
Police discovered the kidnap attempt and rescued the man when they raided two units in the condominium around 9pm on Saturday.
Five syndicate members comprising three Nigerian men and two Filipino women, who are all in their 30s, were arrested.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police had to shoot one of the Nigerian men in the leg as he tried to attack a policeman during the raid.
“They have been remanded for 14 days under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961,” he said yesterday.