A woman faced horrifying moments as she was kidnapped, held captive, and subjected to torture, including having her nails pulled out with a needle, for ten days in an undisclosed location. According to reports, her ordeal was the result of her husband's inability to repay a debt.
The woman, who also bore cigarette burns on her hands, was bound and shackled with iron chains and cable ties. A joint operation involving the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bukit Aman, CID Penang, and CID Selangor eventually led to her rescue.
Penang Chief of Police, Datuk Khaw Kok Chin, shed light on the case's origin when an Indonesian man filed a police report at the Kinrara Police Station in Selangor. He reported the abduction of his wife, who was vacationing in Georgetown, by a group of unidentified individuals.
The man claimed that his wife was being held captive and abused at an undisclosed location, with the suspects demanding RM540,000 for her release.
In response, authorities initiated Operation Scorpion and conducted a raid on a residence in Shah Alam, Selangor, at 5:10 AM. During this operation, they successfully rescued the abducted woman and another man who claimed to have been forcibly held due to unpaid debts. The victims were 36 and 27 years old, respectively.
In a subsequent operation conducted on the same day, from 6 AM. to 10:30 PM, the police apprehended 14 suspects believed to be linked to the case. The suspects included 10 local men, two local women, and two foreign men ranging in age from 23 to 70.
All suspects tested negative for drugs in urine screenings, except for five with prior criminal and drug-related records. The suspects, including a 35-year-old mastermind, have been remanded for seven days until September 23rd to assist in the ongoing investigation.
Kok Chin disclosed that the investigation revealed the complainant, who worked as a contractor in Malaysia, owed a debt to the suspects. He had already paid RM50,750 through two transactions, but his wife was still not released. Director of the Criminal Investigation Department of Bukit Aman, Datuk Seri Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain, revealed that the foreign national was involved in a business deal that went awry, resulting in his wife being kidnapped.
The police are currently probing whether the suspects have ties to criminal syndicates. In the mean time, the victims are currently receiving medical treatment and are in stable condition.
The case is being investigated under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961.