PETALING JAYA - A part-time Uber driver has claimed trial in the magistrate's court here to extorting the son of missing Pastor Raymond Koh Kong Jee.
Lam Chang Nam, 31, was charged with extorting Jonathan Koh Szu Hao, 33, of RM30,000 (S$9,538) for the purpose of releasing his father.
Lam is charged with committing the offence at Paradigm Mall at 8.46pm on March 6 and was accused under Section 385 of the Penal Code.
The accused's counsel, Datin Raj Preet Kaur, asked for bail, but the court refused to grant it.
Magistrate Mohd Azali Ibrahim fixed April 26 for mention.
Koh was abducted from his car by a group of men along Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya on Feb 13.
A CCTV video, which captured the abduction, showed three black SUVs stopping in the middle of the road.
Shortly after that, two of the SUVs were driven away followed by a light-coloured car, believed to be Koh's Honda Accord and the other SUV.