Suspect claimed he was paid RM500 to torch mufti’s car, say cops

Police officers looking for clues after the official car of the Perlis mufti was set on fire on March 22. (Bernama pic)

KANGAR: Police have detained a suspect believed to have set the official car of Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin on fire on March 22.

Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohamad said the unemployed man, aged 36, was arrested at his house at Kampung Jelempok in Arau at 2.45am yesterday by the Contingent Crime Investigation Department.

The suspect has been remanded for four days.

“The suspect confessed that he carried out the act with a friend who is still at large, known as Mie Tomoi, for RM500 after he was paid to do so by another person,” Noor Mushar said.

He said the suspect, who has five police records and was sentenced twice, also revealed that five more persons were involved.

Three of them have been identified and police expect to make arrests soon.

On March 22, two men were caught on closed-circuit television setting fire to Asri’s black Honda Accord on Jalan Persiaran Wawasan here.

In the 5.45am incident, the car’s engine and left front tyre were set ablaze while the front and back windscreens were smashed.