PETALING JAYA - Police have confirmed that an auxiliary policeman was among four Malaysians who were arrested in Batam in connection with the murder of a fellow Malaysian.
Inspector-General of Police Secretariat assistant head (Corporate Communications) Asst Comm Asmawati Ahmad confirmed that the auxiliary policeman was working with a statutory body.
"This case happened outside Malaysia and is under the authority of Indonesia," she said in a statement yesterday.
The Jakarta Post reported that a Malaysian police officer and three of his friends were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly killing a fellow citizen in Batam.
The report quoted Batam, Rempang and Galang (Barelang) Police chief Adjunct Senior Comm Asep Safrudin as saying that the police had received reports of the death of Malaysian Amar Aswan, 29, at the BCC Hotel and Residence in Batam from the hotel's security staff at 6.30am on Friday.
"We arrested the four Malaysians based on the CCTV records and evidence three hours after the report, when the suspects were about to return to their country from two different seaports. The evidence showed that they were friends (of Amar)," Asep was quoted as saying in the report.
Amar was found dead in his room with bruises on his body. An autopsy concluded that he died after being gagged and suffered head injuries.
Police are investigating whether a dispute between the men or drugs may have been a motive.
Two suspects, including the auxiliary policeman, were arrested on the Berlian 3 ship, 30 minutes after it had departed from Batam Centre seaport to Johor Baru while the other two suspects were arrested at the Harbour Bay seaport.
It is understood that Indonesian authorities have asked their Malaysian counterparts for information on the four suspects, including any criminal records.