BUKIT MERTAJAM (Bernama) – A septuagenarian was among two brothers detained by the police to facilitate investigations into the kidnapping of a gold factory owner in Perai on Wednesday, involving a ransom demand of RM8 million.
The suspects who are businessmen aged 56 and 70, were nabbed in Butterworth Thursday and have been remanded.
The 52-year-old victim who was kidnapped by seven men in two cars about 9.30am on Wednesday, was rescued by the police from a house in Berapit near Bukit Mertajam, slightly over 10 hours later.
The two suspects are believed to be former business partners of the kidnap victim and the kidnapping was allegedly over a business deal gone sour. Penang CID deputy chief ACP PR Gunarajan said the factory owner was reported kidnapped upon arriving about 9.30am at the factory premises in Lorong Nagasari.
He said the incident was witnessed by a former factory worker who informed the victim’s brother.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Gunarajan said several hours after the kidnap, a man contacted the victim’s brother and demanded for an RM8 million ransom to secure the man’s release.