KLANG – Two friends were charged in separate Magistrate’s Court here today in connection with the abduction of a Vietnamese woman for ransom of RM3,000 last month.
In the court before Magistrate Mariam Maran Abdullah, Mohamad Zahiruddin Jemanih, 31, was charged with another person still at large, with wrongfully confining the woman, aged 21, for ransom at Taman Sri Andalas here at about 6 am last March 30.
The charge, under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961, provides the death sentence, or imprisonment for life, and shall, if not sentenced to death, also be liable to whipping, if found guilty.
However, no plea was recorded and the court set May 11 for mention.
Deputy public prosecutor Amirah Abdul Aziz prosecuted, while Mohamad Zahiruddin was represented by lawyer Gerard Lazarus.
In another Magistrate’s Court, Azman Hussain, 49, was charged with abetting Mohamad Zahiruddin in committing the alleged offence.
No plea was recorded from Azman, who was unrepresented, and Magistrate Ahmad Feisal Mohd Azmi set May 29 for mention.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Aliah Atiqah Razali.
Mohamad Zahiruddin was also charged in the Sessions Court here with impersonating as a policeman and for raping the woman at separate locations in the Klang district between 4.40 am and 2 pm last March 30.
He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The rape charge was made under Section 376 (2) of the Penal Code, which provides an imprisonment of between 10 years and 30 years and whipping.
For the charge on impersonating as a policeman, made under Section 170 of the Penal Code, Mohamad Zahiruddin faces an imprisonment for up to two years, or fine, or both, if found guilty.
Judge Surita Budin allowed him to be released on bail of RM12,000 in one surety on both charges and set May 11 for mention.
Surita also ordered Mohamad Zahiruddin to not go near the victim and to surrender his passport to the court, as well as to report himself at the nearest police station once a month.
Deputy public prosecutor Rizal Azani Zainal Adzam prosecuted.
Meanwhile, another friend of Mohamad Zahiruddin, Shah Rizal Muhammad Devand, 34, was charged in the Sessions Courts with possession of a toy pistol and two knives which were found in a Myvi car at Taman Sri Andalas at about 10.30 am last March 31.
Shah Rizal Muhammad pleaded not guilty to both charges before Judge Darmafikri Abu Adam, who then set bail at RM5,000 in one surety and fixed May 11 for mention.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor S. Nithtia, while Shah Rizal Muhammad was unrepresented. – BERNAMA