ALOR SETAR - Three men, including a policeman, have been sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping.
Kpl Mat Rani Zakaria, 51, from Negri Sembilan and car wash workers Mohamad Shukri Ibrahim, 33, and Jeffri Abdullah, 29, from Bedong, were convicted of kidnapping Zulkifli Dahlan, 24, on March 15 last year in front of a hotel in Bedong, Sungai Petani.
High Court judge Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab also gave Mohamad Shukri and Jeffri 10 strokes of the cane each.
He said the men did not deny they had kidnapped Zulkifli and taken him to a hotel in Klang, Selangor, and that they had demanded a ransom from the victim's brother.
In their defence, the three claimed that they had asked for RM40,000 (S$20,000) as pay-off for not taking the victim to Bukit Aman after they found drugs in his car.