KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: A kidnap victim who was released when he promised to pay his captors more money went to the cops instead - and nine suspects, including a foreigner, aged between 19 and 47 were arrested.
Among them are a student, a businessman and a civil servant.
It is understood that the victim, a Singaporean businessman in his 40's, was kidnapped on Nov 13 and held captive for about three days in a hotel here.
His captors demanded that he pay a ransom of US$1mil (S$1.39 mil) for his release but agreed to let him go after he managed to cough up US$200,000.
They threatened to kidnap him again if he failed to pay the remaining US$800,000.
However, after laying low for a week, the man lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station, resulting in the arrest of nine suspects in several parts of the city over the weekend.
Police are on the lookout for one more person, believed to be the one holding the ransom money.
City police are looking for Ahmad Fahmy Hussein, NRIC 810813-66-5013, last known address A-18-03, Sri Putra Mas II, Condo Royal Domain, Kingsgate Tower, 51200 Kuala Lumpur, to assist in the investigations.
Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is urged to contact investigating officer ASP Redzaime at 016-3642 535 or C/Insp Rico Tay at 012-9355 583.