More suspects identified in Kelantan kidnapping

Big milestone: Officers taking part in a fleet review during the 75th Marine Police Day celebration at the Region 1 Marine Police Base in Batu Uban, Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Police have identified three more suspects in connection with the kidnapping of cosmetics sales agent Rosnazirah Mohd Naim in Tumpat, Kelantan, last month, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

“We have their identities, but we need confirmation.

“Investigations are ongoing and we are inspecting all statements to establish the motive of the kidnapping,” he said during the 75th Marine Police Day celebration at the Region 1 Marine Police Base in Batu Uban yesterday.

As for the extradition of suspects, Acryl Sani said it would be done by legal orders and he thanked the Royal Thai Police for their assistance.

“Thanks to the close partnership with our Thai counterparts, we managed to track down the victim and bring her back safely,” he added.

Rosnazirah, who was rescued by Thai authorities, was repatriated on Sept 29 and brought back to her home in Tumpat on Monday.

The 36-year-old was abducted on Sept 13 by four men in a sedan.

Her husband was suspected of having a disagreement with a member of the drug trafficking syndicate to which he belonged, with Rosnazirah being aware of his involvement in the syndicate.

Police had detained three people, including her husband, to help with the investigation.

In his speech earlier, Acryl Sani said the number of smuggling- by-sea cases had risen by 640 this year.

“Marine police detected 4,463 cases involving smuggling of contraband, migrants, national assets and drugs worth RM247mil between January and August last year.

“In the same period this year, 5,103 cases worth RM292.6mil were recorded,” he said.

He added that about half of the 2,500 people in the marine police force were mobilised along the eastern coast of Sabah to guard against smuggling and foreign threats.

About 300 policemen from various departments were present at yesterday’s celebration, which saw marching parades and a fleet review of vessels at sea.

Also present were Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Hazani Ghazali, Penang police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain and Marine Police commander Senior Asst Comm Rosman Ismail.

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