Key suspect in ex-banker's murder willing to surrender

Police investigating the shooting of Hussain Ahmad Najadi.

PUTRAJAYA - The key suspect in the murder of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi is willing to surrender to police.

The 53-year-old businessman fled to Australia three days after the murder and has not returned since.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had been informed that the man was willing to surrender and help in investigations into the murder.

"We will give him a week as stated by police to surrender.

"If he fails to do so, we will work with the Australian police and bring him back here," he said after launching the General Police and Special Equipment exhibition and conference here yesterday.

It was reported that the businessman was being sought to shed new light into the case.

On July 29, Najadi, 75, who was Arab-Malaysian Development Bank's first managing director, was killed and his wife seriously injured when a gunman shot him at close range at a car park near the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon here.

Meanwhile, Khalid said three wanted killers, who were shot dead by police in a gunbattle at Gerik, were believed to be a group of thugs from Kelantan.

"The three were not from a secret society.Based on our investigations and fingerprints recovered, we have linked them to a number of vehicle theft and robbery cases in the area."

He said police believed the three were the only members of the group but were investigating the possibility of others still at large.

It was reported that the three, high on the police wanted list, were shot dead when they tried to evade a roadblock at Gerik.

The trio fired at the police who were trying to stop their car at about 1.50am on Tuesday in Jalan Intan.

Police returned fire to defend themselves and the suspects were killed in the exchange.