JOHOR BARU: A youth who allegedly abducted his own father was jointly charged with kidnapping with five others at a magistrate’s court here yesterday.
The six charged were the victim's son, P. Jacob Jebaraj, 20; Raja Mohd Mustafa Kamal Raja Mohd Syah and Syed Ali Syed Yusof, both 20; Nik Saiful Asuan Nik Mohd, 17; Edry Alias Alias, 24; and Muhammad Ghazali Abdullah, 21.
No plea was taken.
The six were charged with kidnapping chief clerk N. Ponnusamy, 53, on July 1 at his home in Tampoi.
If found guilty, they may face a death sentence or life imprisonment.
Jebaraj was represented by lawyer R.K. Menon. The rest were not represented.
Ponnusamy, who is with the Harbour Master’s Office, and his wife R.S. Sarojeni were present in court.
Magistrate Tuan Nu’aman Mahmud Zuhudi set Oct 10 for mention.
Chief Insp Aziz Ismail was assigned prosecutor for the case.
On Tuesday, Johor CID chief Senior Asst Comm I Tan Seng Eng said police had arrested 10 suspects between July 2 and 9, four of whom were picked up within hours after a RM50,000 ransom was paid by Sarojeni.
He said RM17,000 of the ransom money was recovered during one of the arrests.
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