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Worst case scenario feared over Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction

 | February 28, 2017

Son files second police report on suspicion that Koh was murdered after no ransom demand or information provided even after RM100,000 reward offered.


PETALING JAYA: Two weeks after Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted from his vehicle in Kelana Jaya, Selangor, his son now fears the worst, The Star reported.

Jonathan Koh filed a second police report yesterday stating his suspicion that his father had been murdered by his abductors.

The pastor’s son said his reason for the second police report was the lack of ransom demand or information, even after the family had offered a RM100,000 reward.

According to the daily, Jonathan said the report was lodged based on Section 364 of the Penal Code, which is kidnapping or abduction for murder – a crime punishable by death or imprisonment for a term that may extend to 30 years.

Appealing to the police to conduct a thorough investigation on the abduction, Jonathan said the family had also obtained CCTV footage of the crime, which showed that it looked like a “professional operation”.

The footage of the abduction, which took place on Feb 13, has also been handed to the police to assist in their investigation.

There is no information in The Star report as to how the family had obtained the CCTV footage, which showed a well-executed operation by masked men in seven vehicles, including two motorcycles.

According to Jonathan, his father’s Honda Accord is seen being forced to stop by three three black or dark-coloured vehicles, while he was driving along Jalan SS4B/10 in Kelana Jaya. The vehicles boxed him in, with one stopping in front, another by the side and a third right behind him.

The footage, Jonathan said, continued as follows: “The men from the three vehicles dashed out and a split second later a sedan pulled up just behind the last car blocking Koh’s Honda.

“Even before the sedan came to a complete halt, the front passenger door opened and a man dashed out and joined the melee.

“A commotion ensued around Koh’s Honda Accord before a fifth car stopped further behind and a man jumped out from the front passenger seat. He immediately gestured for a Myvi, driven by a member of the public, to back off from the scene.

“The Myvi was seen reversing some 50 feet or more and a motorcyclist stopped in front of it. The other motorcyclist was seen riding around as if to maintain a perimeter around the scene of the abduction.

“Lastly, all the cars, including Koh’s Honda were seen speeding away.”

Jonathan said the whole episode took less than a minute.

Koh, 62, was abducted by a group of masked men less than 100 metres from the Police Housing Complex. He was driving a silver Honda Accord bearing the licence plate ST 5515 D.

The pastor was at the centre of controversy in 2011 after his NGO, Harapan Komuniti, was accused by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) of proselytising Muslims, following a raid at a thanksgiving and fundraising dinner at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church.

Later he received a death threat in the form of a bullet that was sent to his home, a close friend revealed.


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