KLANG: Seven men were charged in a magistrate’s court here yesterday with jointly abducting a 47-year-old businesswoman to obtain a RM200,000 ransom.
They are alleged to have confined the victim from Nov 29 to Dec 1 at a store in Bukit Rajah and later at a hotel in Jalan Pasar here from Dec 1 till Dec 3.
The accused are Khoo Chee Peng, also known as “Sea Dragon King,” 40, from Jalan Kapar, Klang; Ang Choon Jit, 24, from Johor Baru; Tan Kok Soon, 21, from Jalan Meru, Klang; Foo Jong Chern, 18, from Taman Eng Ann, Klang; Teh Leng Han, 23, from Kapar, Klang; Lee Ah Kau, 18, from Jalan Tap, Kuala Lumpur; and Lim Jian Yeu, 27, from Kemuning Greenville, Shah Alam.
They are being charged under Section Three of the Kidnap Act 1961 which was read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code.
The penalty for the non-bailable offence is life imprisonment or death.
The case was prosecuted by DPP Salim Soib before registrar Hamzah Don, who set the case for mention at the Shah Alam High Court on Jan 12.
Tan and Lee face another charge of outraging the modesty of the victim at the hotel.
They were charged under Section 354 of the Penal Code.
The penalty is a jail term of up to 10 years, a fine or whipping.
Tan is said to have inserted a pencil and a straw into the victim's private part while Lee was charged with inserting an ice cube.
Counsel Ayasamy Velu, Gobind Singh Deo and Gerard Lazarus, who represented Khoo, Ang, Teh and Lee, applied to the court to send their clients for a medical check-up as they were allegedly beaten up when they were arrested and during remand.
They also requested the court to allow their clients to lodge a police report against those who allegedly hit them.
Hamzah allowed the request after noticing the bruises on some of the men.
Tan, Foo and Lim were unrepresented when the charges were read to them.
Khoo created a stir in the packed courtroom when he repeatedly objected to the charge brought before him.
The court interpreter, who read the charge to him in Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien, reminded him that all he needed to do was state whether he understood the charge and later he could voice his grouses through his counsel.
Khoo, who remained defiant as he was led out of the courtroom, had to be restrained by policemen as he climbed the iron grille of the court lock-up to show pressmen the bruises he allegedly suffered at the hands of policemen.