Two held over kidnapping of businessman

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have detained two men in connection with the kidnapping of a businessman opposite the National Zoo in Hulu Kelang early Saturday.

The suspects, aged 25 and 34, were picked up after the 39-year-old victim was released in Sri Muda, Klang, about 11.30pm the same day.

The victim was held captive at a house in Parit Jawa, Klang.

The release of the victim followed payment of a RM20,000 negotiated ransom.

The original sum demanded by the suspects was RM50,000.

Ampang Jaya Police Chief ACP Hamzah Alias said the businessman was waiting for a friend by the road-shoulder in front of the zoo near Kampung Kemensah when he was kidnapped about 4.30am.

“One of the kidnappers contacted the victim’s wife and demanded a RM50,000 ransom to secure her husband’s release.

“However, after negotiations, the kidnappers agreed to a reduced ransom of RM20,000 and the victim was released.

“Following his release, the businessman lodged a police report. The two suspects were nabbed at a house in Taman Dagang,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Hamzah said police also seized RM5,000 and a cash deposit receipt amounting to RM5,000, from the suspects.

“The suspects have been remanded and we are tracking down two other accomplices,” he added.