KUALA LUMPUR - Police have arrested four suspects, including a woman, believed to be involved in the kidnapping of Dutch schoolboy Nayati Shamelin Moodliar in operations in the Klang Valley and Perak.
The suspects, aged between 30 and 50, were detained in separate operations in Perak and Cheras, Selangor, between Sunday and yesterday.
Sources said part of the RM300,000 (S$122,820) ransom paid to secure the boy's release last Thursday was also recovered. Police also seized laptops and mobile phones said to be used to demand for ransom.
They said the suspects were arrested after several days of surveillance by a police task force headed by city Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah.
"Operations are ongoing to apprehend another suspect," one of the sources said. It is learnt that police picked up the suspects' trail not long after Nayati, 12, was dropped off at the Rawang rest and recreation area on the North-South Expressway on Thursday morning.
The suspects had allegedly gone separate ways after collecting the ransom.
"Investigations revealed that the suspects had been assigned different tasks in executing Nayati's kidnap.
"One was tasked with kidnapping him, another hiding and taking care of him, one to negotiate with the parents and another to collect the ransom," the source disclosed.
Federal police Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin is expected to reveal more details today.