Gang’s violent crime spree halted

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested members of gang which was believed to be behind the shooting of former Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s driver in 2017.

The gang leader and 11 others were arrested on Jan 22 following an intensified investigation on the gang’s activities since last September.

Police seized a car, mobile phones, RM4,000 cash and various weapons including three handguns, one of which was used in Gani’s driver shootout in Pandan Jaya.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department (CID) director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the gang leader, known as Ayah Yie Tiger 99 (AYT99), was also arrested in the operation.

Police investigation revealed the gang had been operating in Selangor, especially Klang, since 2012.

Police tracked the members of the gang since last September after they allegedly intimidated a police officer.

The operation involved the Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division, investigations and planning division and special branch.

Comm Huzir said police nabbed Ayah Yie and 11 others, three of whom were civil servants from Kelantan and Selangor, under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

The gang members, aged between 24 and 49, were remanded for 28 days on Jan 23 and is expected to be charged in court today.

Safer streets: Comm Huzir (centre) and fellow officers showing the media some of the items seized following the arrest of AYT99 gang members in Bukit Aman. Safer streets: Comm Huzir (centre) and fellow officers showing the media some of the items seized following the arrest of AYT99 gang members in Bukit Aman.

“Two of those arrested were involved in Gani’s driver shooting.

“Police are now looking for the third suspect who was said to have pulled the trigger on the driver.”

He said the gang had been hired for RM30,000 by an individual to shoot Gani’s driver after a misunderstanding.

He said police investigations also revealed that two handguns were used to carry out criminal activities in Sungai Buloh and Klang.

Comm Huzir said those held had criminal records, ranging from assault to drug offences.

Dossiers of the gang revealed there were about 40 of them,

many of whom were from the East Coast states.

He said these gang members were known to react violently over the slightest misunderstanding.

Police investigations also revealed the gang had been involved in the torching of a car belonging to an Armenian man in Shah Alam after he had gotten involved in an argument with a senior AYT99 member.

“They were also involved in splashing red paint on two cars belonging to a man who was believed to have bothered the wife of a gang member.”

Police, he said, also found that the gang burned a car belong to a man who was in debt to them.

Comm Huzir said following the arrest, they are looking for another 20 other gang members who are on the run.

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