KL gang tortures 'wrong man'

A 36-year-old businessman was tortured for three hours, after being mistakenly kidnapped by a group of five men in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, last Thursday.

His attackers covered his face with a plastic bag, then tortured him in a house near the woods at Sungai Congkak, about 30 km away.

They burned him with a welding flame and beat him with canes and sticks, said the victim, who wanted to be known only as Hamzi.

"With both my hands and legs bound, they hit me without a shred of mercy, using a welding tool that was still alight, as well as canes and sticks," he told Malaysian newspaper Harian Metro.

His aggressors only stopped abusing him after one of them examined his identification card and realised that he was the wrong man.

The gang then took him out of the house and left him by the side of a road at two in the morning.

Weak condition

"I was lucky. A resident living in the area found me there in weak condition," said Mr Hamzi.

He then contacted his younger brother before he was taken to a hospital.

Mr Hamzi had been out with his wife and four children when he was kidnapped near a shopping centre in Bukit Bintang on Thursday night.

He had just stepped out of his car when four men rushed towards him and pulled him into a waiting Honda Accord.

Mr Hamzi told Harian Metro he was beaten for questioning the gang's motive behind kidnapping him. He suffered extensive injuries from the torture - his face, stomach, feet and hands are riddled with burn marks.

Harian Metro understands that the five kidnappers were allegedly looking for a man, hoping to claim some methamphetamines estimated to be worth RM6 million (S$2.4 million).

His wife lodged a police report the night of his kidnapping.

Police are investigating.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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