PETALING JAYA: Six men, including a politician, were charged at the Magistrate's Court here over the abduction of businessman Datuk Seri R. Arumugam who was later found dead in Rawang.
Five of them — Azhari Shahrom Shaihmi, 56; Mohd Durai Abdullah, 52; Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Hassan, 26; N. Vickneswarar, 28, and a Bangladeshi, Kasi Nasrul, 42 — nodded after the charges were read out separately to them before Magistrate Mohamad Ikhwan Mohd Nasir here Thursday (July 9).
The men are accused of abducting the 55-year-old property developer with intent of demanding a ransom of S$50mil (RM153mil) ransom for the victim.
The offence is said to have been committed in Taman Kejiranan Central Spine, Jalan Margosa, Bandar Sri Damansara here at 10.30am on June 10.
The offence under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961 carries a mandatory death penalty or life imprisonment and those found guilty can also be whipped.
The sixth suspect, Datuk K. Ramachandran, is accused of abetting the five in the crime at the same time and place.
Ramachandran was the former PKR candidate for the Batang Kali state seat during the 13th General Election.
He was charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961, and faces the mandatory death penalty or life imprisonment, and can also be whipped if sentenced to jail.
No plea was recorded from all six men.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Hakim Amir Abdul Hamid did not offer bail. The court did not set bail and fixed Aug 27 for mention.
Lawyer R. Sivaraj represented Ramachandran, while lawyer Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent held a watching brief for the victim's family.
The other five were not represented.
On June 27, Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Fadzil Ahmat said the body of the businessman was discovered in the bushes along Jalan Rawang Bestari Jaya at about 9am.
The victim's body was already decomposing when it was discovered.
Investigations revealed that the mastermind behind the kidnapping was known to the victim.