20 soldiers detained for robberies at sea, says Home Ministry


KOTA KINABALU: Twenty members of the armed forces are being investigated for alleged group robberies in Semporna district two months ago.

According to a written answer given by the Home Ministry in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 4), these 20 were nabbed for two incidents, one on Aug 15 and the other on Aug 18.

These robberies were said to have occurred in waters off Pulau Siamil, Semporna.

This written reply was provided in response to Semporna MP Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s question during the sitting, asking for details of the robberies.

The Home Ministry stated that both cases were being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for group robbery.

The 20 were allowed bail on Sept 25, and are still being investigated.

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