Foreigners held over chef's disappearance

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: An Algerian and a Moroccan who are allegedly involved in the disappearance of a Dutch chef in Cameron Highlands in February have been arrested. 

The two, who are believed to be part of a foreign syndicate allegedly involved in robbery, abduction and murder of tourists at well-known resorts, were arrested on Saturday morning.  

Federal assistant CID director (Serious Crimes Chief) Asst Comm Takbir Ahmad confirmed the arrests.  

“One of them had a French passport which we believe belonged to one of their victims,” he said yesterday. 

Last week, The Star highlighted the case of Carljen Van Wezel, 48, who was reported missing from a budget hotel in Tanah Rata on Feb 16. 

Police believe something happened to Van Wezel shortly after he withdrew some money from an ATM at about 11pm that day. 

Investigations showed that someone had later used Van Wezel's credit card in Tanah Rata and Ipoh Parade to purchase items totalling RM2,000. 

Van Wezel's family is offering a RM20,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.  

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