KLIA heist suspects rearrested after remand

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 May 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Freedom was short-lived for the three suspects in the RM3.5mil heist at the KL International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang – they were rearrested immediately after their police remand expired.

The suspects, aged 23, 25 and 30, were rearrested on Wednesday in connection with several thefts of luxury cars in the Klang Valley and Johor. They were initially arrested in Johor on April 18 during police operations.

Federal CID director Commissioner Datuk Bakri Zinin said the suspects have been remanded in Batu Pahat until May 21.

“We believe there are at least five to seven more suspects at large, and consider them armed and very dangerous.

“We have identified the gang and are proceeding cautiously in our investigations,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman Thursday.

He said police have set up a task force called Ops X5 KLIA to try and locate the remaining members of the gang, and believe that half of them were still in the country.

Comm Bakri said sufficient evidence was needed before the police could hand over the investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers and prosecute the suspects in the court.

On April 9, six robbers shot six people in a dramatic three-minute heist at the airport, escaping with S$1.5mil (RM3.5mil).

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