Man shot for stealing gecko worth $388k

Man shot for stealing gecko worth $388k
Tokay Gecko lizards.

MALAYSIA - The body of a man was found slumped in a car with a gunshot wound.

Investigations revealed that the man was killed for stealing a RM1 million (S$388,600) tokay gecko after agreeing to look for a potential buyer, said Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Commissioner Mohd Shukri Dahlan.

The reptile is much sought-after due to its reputed ability to cure a range of ailments, reported The Star.

The Philippine government had issued a warning against using geckos to treat Aids and impotence, saying it may put patients at risk.

SDC Mohd Shukri said that police have detained 16 suspects aged between 21 and 48 to assist in the investigation.

"We also detained a 60-year-old businesswoman who is believed to have hired someone to kill the man," he told reporters on Tuesday.

He said the woman, who kept the gecko, told police that she handed over the reptile to the victim as he had promised to find a potential buyer.

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