KUALA LUMPUR: Police have solved the 2017 shooting of former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail’s driver with the arrest of several gang members last month.
Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed also said they have crippled the gang, known as Ayah Yie Tiger 99 or AYT 99.
Huzir said the gang was paid RM30,000 to shoot Gani’s driver.
“The shooter in his 40s is still at large,” he told a press conference.
“He is also a gang member.”
In the incident which happened about two years ago, the 40-year-old victim, known only as Mustafa, was standing at the front door of his house when two men rode up on a motorcycle.
One of them called out the victim’s name while the other fired a shot, hitting him in the leg.
When asked about the motive for the shooting, Huzir said the driver had a “personal issue” with another group that hired AYT 99.
He said five people were involved in the shooting.
Huzir said the leader as well as three civil servants were among the 12 gang members, aged between 24 and 49, who were nabbed on Jan 2.
Police also seized several items, including RM4,000 in cash, live ammunition and three pistols, including the gun used to shoot the former AG’s driver.
However, around 20 members of the gang are still at large.
Huzir said most of the gang members had criminal records and the gang was responsible for several assault and extortion cases.
He added that the gang was mostly active in Klang.
“They even torched a car belonging to an Armenian after the leader of the group got into an argument when the victim bumped into his shoulder.”
The gang members, Huzir said, would be charged tomorrow in Klang.
Huzir also expressed support for the use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, or Sosma, which some parties had said should be repealed.
“We need Sosma. Without this law, we cannot solve cases like this.”