18 suspected smugglers remanded following fatal shootout with GOF at border

KANGAR: Eighteen suspected smugglers have been remanded for their alleged involvement on Tuesday (Nov 24)'s shootout incident that killed a General Operations Force (GOF) member and injured his partner at the Malaysia-Thailand border in Padang Besar.

The group consisted of three Thai nationals, who were remanded for seven days starting on Wednesday (Nov 25), and 15 locals, who were remanded for four days.

Police believe the group are part of a ketum smuggling syndicate in the state.

The remand process was carried out at the remand room at Kangar Court here on Wednesday morning in front of court Registrar Monica Joseph Gaisah.

The 18 men, aged from 19 to 37, are being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.

Earlier, all the 18 arrived at Kangar Court in a police truck around 8.50am wearing orange and purple coloured lockup uniforms.

Meanwhile, Perlis police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Surina Saad said 16 out of the 18 were rounded up from various part of the state as early as 7am after the shootout.

Two of the Thai nationals were picked up by Thai police across the border.

Kpl Baharuddin Ramli, 54, died at the scene while Kpl Norihan Tari, 39, is in critical condition from the 3am incident at the TS9 post along the border.

The duo was on intelligence gathering duties as part of the Battalion 3 of GOF Bidor.

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