M’sian ambassador to Chile, family robbed in Santiago


PETALING JAYA: Robbers entered the home of Malaysia’s ambassador to Chile, Mohamad Rameez Yahaya, on Sunday, getting away with money, jewellery and other valuables said to be worth about 39 million Chilean pesos (about RM250,000).

The robbery which took place in Las Condes, an upmarket suburb in the Chilean capital of Santiago, saw Rameez, his wife and their five children tied up by five robbers, according to news portal SoyChile.

The incident is believed to have occurred late on Sunday night, at about 11.15pm local time (11.15am on Monday morning, Malaysian time).

Meanwhile, another Chilean news portal, Biobiochile.cl, reported the robbers had been violent and also threatened the ambassador and his family.

“They hit me in the head and also tied our hands. One of them also threatened to harm my wife, and cut off her ear.

“After the robbers had taken all the jewellery belonging to my wife and children, they then asked for all the cash we had at home.

“They even threatened to kill my children if I refused to give them money,” Rameez was quoted as saying by Biobiochile.

He attended a press conference yesterday and related his family’s experience.

Rameez told Chilean media that while the family were still traumautised by the incident, they were all just relieved to have escaped unharmed.

Berita Harian reported that a source in Wisma Putra had confirmed the incident. However, no statement has been released as yet by the foreign ministry.