Abu Sayyaf demanding RM5 million ransom for cop’s release

13-Aug-2014 Intellasia | The Malaysian Insider | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Abu Sayyaf gunmen are believed to be demanding a ransom of up to RM5 million for the release of marine police constable Zakiah Aleip, who was kidnapped from Mabul Island, Sabah on July 12, The Star reported today.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman was reported as saying that securing Zakiah’s release would take some time as the “amount was too high”.

However, he declined to disclose the ransom demanded by the gunmen.

The Sabah police chief revealed that so far there have been 42 calls between Zakiah/the gunmen and his wife/policemen.

“The gunmen also gave him the chance to speak to his wife and family members, most of the time during the afternoon or evening,” he was reported as saying.

He added that Zakiah was unhurt but was being moved around by his captors to avoid arrest by the Philippine police.

26-year-old Zakiah was kidnapped from Mabul Water Bungalows Resort in Semporna on July 12 by eight Filipino gunmen.

Zakiah’s colleague, Corporal Abdul Rajah Jamuan, 32, was shot dead by the gunmen in that incident.

Jalaluddin also said that he had recently discussed Zakiah’s case along with the case of Chan Sai Chuin, 32, who was also kidnapped from his Kunak fish farm on June 16, with the inspector-general of police and other officers in Bukit Aman.

The Star reported that Chan’s captors, also believed to be Abu Sayyaf, were demanding RM3 million for his release but the victim’s family has not been able to raise the amount.

Chan’s wife Chin Pek Nyen has called for assistance from the government.

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