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Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 7:24:35 AM
by natasha joibi
SHAH ALAM: The missing Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) which was linked to the murder of a man is likely to have been sold, said the police.
According to Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Shukri Dahlan, police have been trying to track down the missing reptile, but to no avail.
“We believe the animal may have been sold. The missing animal is the motive behind the murder,” he said at a press conference at the Selangor police headquarters here yesterday.
He added that a 60-year-old businesswoman, who is the main suspect, is believed to have hired a group of men to kill Syairul Helmi Azhar.
“The woman has some 16 police records for cheating-related offences.
“We believe the victim was shot while being involved in a scuffle with the hired thugs,” said SDC Shukri, adding that investigations are still ongoing.
Reporters were told that Syairul went missing after he was assigned the responsibility of finding buyers for his friend’s gecko.
His body was found two months later, on Aug 30, slumped in a Proton Saga in a mining pool located in Jalan Rantau Panjang Bestari Jaya.
He was believed to have been shot with a homemade gun.
A total of 16 suspects have been arrested since then, with four freed later.
The gecko that had led to Syairul’s death was nowhere to be found at the crime scene.
The Philippine government has issued warnings against using Tokay geckos, frequently traded for medicinal purposes in Vietnam and China, to treat AIDS and impotence.
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