Seven nabbed in Singapore over Johor fuel station murder
JOHOR BARU, Dec 21 — Seven more people have been arrested over the murder of a moneylender at a petrol station here on Sunday, including two men thought to be directly linked to the incident.
The four men and three women, between the ages of 16 and 26, were arrested by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on the island republic yesterday, and are due to be handed over to Johor police tonight.
The SPF was responding to an alert issued by Johor police for the suspects after they were identified and sought over the murder.
Malay Mail understand that at least two of the men caught in Singapore are considered main suspects in the murder of 44-year-old Tan Aik Chai, an alleged drug gang leader and loan shark.
Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said that with the latest arrests, the special investigations task force set up to investigate the murder now has 13 people — nine men and four women — in custody.
Mohd Khalil said the hunt for more suspects will continue.
Earlier today, four men in their 20s were arrested by police in several locations in south Johor over the murder.
Yesterday, a couple were also arrested at a hotel in Butterworth, Penang by a team from Bukit Aman’s Special Task Force on Organised Crime (STAFOC).
Police obtained a seven-day remand order from the Johor Baru magistrates’ court this morning for the six suspects to assist in investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for the murder.
In a video of the Sunday murder that was recorded by a bystander, Tan was shown being assaulted next to a white BMW 5-Series by several people who then proceeded to run him over twice.