GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia - A salesman and three unemployed men have claimed trial in a magistrate's court here to wrongfully restraining two Singaporean brothers in Penang.
Chee Kok Fang, 37, Loke Kah Waoi, 23, E. Boon Roy, 30, and Koay Kean Teong, 26, were jointly charged with restraining Singaporean businessmen Kenneth Ng Chee How and Gabriel Ng Chia How from 4pm on Feb 22 to 2.45pm on Feb 24.
They denied committing the offence at Kedai Kopi Seong Huat in Jalan Larut, hotel rooms at Hotel Georgetown in Jalan Larut, a Starbucks cafe in New World Park, Three Bar in Kompleks Persiaran Gurney, Happy Bar in Jalan Burma and a hotel room in Hotel Hong Kong, Jalan Tanjung Tokong.
The four, charged under Section 341 of the Penal Code, face up to one month's jail or a fine not exceeding RM1,000 (S$337), or both.
Defence counsel R. Puran represented the four accused while DPP Noor Azura Zulkiflee prosecuted.
Magistrate L. Umma Devi allowed bail at RM6,000 each with a surety and fixed April 13 for document submission.
It was reported that four locals were arrested for allegedly abducting two Singaporean businessmen in Penang last week.
Penang police were informed of the alleged abduction by Singapore police after the victims' family members were contacted.
The police then conducted a raid on a budget hotel in Tanjung where they rescued the victims.