Two army men held over murder of dropout

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Dec 2004

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police have nabbed two soldiers in connection with the murder of a Universiti Malaya dropout whose body was found in an oil palm estate near Machang Bubuk. 

The two were picked up from an army camp in Relau, Penang yesterday evening and taken to the Central Seberang Prai district police headquarters here. 

It is believed that the suspects would be remanded to facilitate investigations.  

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Syed Ismail Syed Azizan confirmed the arrest, but declined to elaborate.  

Sources said the men could help solve the murder of Mazni Abdullah, 24, who could have been raped before her throat was slit. 

The two are the latest to be arrested over the case.  

Police had already detained four other men, including a pasar malam trader, to help them in the probe. 

Mazni, from Padang Menora in Tasek Gelugor, was found dumped in an oil palm plantation on Nov 23.  

Her body had been dragged down a slope for about 30 metres as bloodstains were found all over the area. 

Samples of some whitish fluid found in her private parts, believed to be semen, had been sent to the Chemistry Department’s forensic laboratory for analysis and DNA testing. Police are still waiting for the report. 

Mazni's father Abdullah Abdul Rahim, 65, has claimed that jealousy could be the motive of the killing as she had received threatening telephone calls from a man several days before her murder. 

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