5 brothers arrested over transgender's murder

PETALING JAYA: Five brothers aged between 19 and 30 were picked up by police Thursday afternoon in connection with the murder of a 26-year-old transgender in Kuantan recently.

They were arrested at their home in Taman Eng Ann in Klang and taken to the Kuantan district police headquarters to assist investigations.

The Kuantan magistrate's court granted a seven-day remand order for the five brothers on Friday.

All five brothers have criminal records.

According to a police source, more are expected to be detained in connection with Sameera Krishnan's murder in Kuantan on Feb 23.

Sameera, who worked for a florist, was shot and slashed in the early hours of the morning.

She was the main witness in her own kidnapping case that took place two years ago at the Sungai Rasau toll in Klang.

In that incident, Sameera was abducted, tortured and was rescued when another motorist noticed her tied-up in the back seat of her abductors' car.

Two men were arrested and charged under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act, which carries the mandatory death sentence.