Man in custody had no links to Pastor Raymond Koh's abduction

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: A 30-year-old man, arrested for allegedly demanding a ransom the family of missing Pastor Raymond Koh, will be charged for extortion at the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court tomorrow. (Wednesday)

However, investigations provided no links between the man and the pastor’s disappearance.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat said the man will be charged under Section 385 of the Penal Code for attempting to extort Koh's family.

"Investigations carried out on the suspect revealed no links to Koh's disappearance. The suspect took advantage of the situation to try and extort Koh's family.

"The investigations of this abduction is still ongoing. We urge those with information of the incident to come forward and assist investigations," said Fadzil in a statement today.

The seven-day remand on the suspect, who was arrested in Ampang on March 9, will end tomorrow.

The suspect, a day before he was nabbed, had contacted Koh's family, demanding a ransom for his release.

On the morning of Feb 13, Koh, 62, was believed to have been abducted by masked men at Jalan SS4B/10, less than 100m from a police housing complex.

A 2.53 minute-long video of Koh’s alleged abduction surfaced soon after and went viral on social media.

The video allegedly shows Koh’s abduction by 15 men in seven vehicles, all done in just under a minute, in what appeared to be a well-planned operation.

A special task force led by Fadzil was subsequently set up to investigate the case.