Malaysian cops nab loan sharks who kidnapped borrower

Malaysian cops nab loan sharks who kidnapped borrower
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SHAH ALAM - A group of loan sharks kidnapped an unemployed borrower and demanded that his grandfather settle his RM32,000 (S$10,676) debt.

Instead of getting the money, the six men and two women ended up being arrested and are likely to face charges of illegal gambling, loan sharking and illegal selling of fireworks, in addition to kidnapping.

Selangor CID chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Adnan Abdullah said three men brought the 35-year-old borrower to a house in Taman Palm Grove, Klang at about 10pm on Nov 30.

He said they then told the man's 84-year-old grandfather, to pay the RM32,000 debts owed to them immediately.

"When the elderly man said he could only pay RM1,000, the men took away his grandson, saying they would return him after the amount was settled," said DCP Mohd Adnan.

Police set up a task force and rescued the borrower near Jalan Pos Baru on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the police arrested a 23-year-old man near a restaurant in Klang and seized a Toyota Vios believed to be used in the kidnapping.

DCP Mohd Adnan said that at about noon yesterday, the police raided a house in Taman Sentosa, Klang and arrested two men from whom they seized a Honda Accord car, a laptop, and some jewellery.

He said two hours later, the police raided another house in Klang and arrested five people, including two women aged between 18 and 36.

"We also seized RM100,000 worth of fireworks, four laptops, RM21,000 cash and 45 mobile phone sim cards believed to be used for online gambling.

"We believe this group was involved in activities such as illegal gambling, illegal money lending and illegal sale of fireworks," he said adding that the eight had been remanded to help with investigations.

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