Bukit Aman team to meet Malaysians held in Jakarta over 37kg syabu bust aboard luxury yacht

The six Malaysians were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug-trafficking activities using luxury yachts. — AFP pic
The six Malaysians were arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug-trafficking activities using luxury yachts. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 — The Royal Malaysia Police, through the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department, will send a team of officers and personnel to Indonesia to record statements and conduct further investigations on the arrest of six Malaysians suspected of being involved in drug trafficking on June 4.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department deputy director DCP Zulkifli Ali said the team would be in Indonesia soon to gather information before further action is taken.

“We have checked their (suspects’) backgrounds and information from the Indonesian authorities reveals that the six suspects are Malaysians.

“Our team will be there and we will be interviewing them,” he told reporters after a press conference at the Cheras police headquarters here today.

Bernama had previously reported that six Malaysians were arrested on suspicion of their involvement in drug trafficking activities using luxury yachts.

The Indonesian police had found a 37kg of syabu in the yacht Carron Layner, which had docked at Batavia Sunda Kelapa Pier in North Jakarta, at 9.30pm, Tuesday.

According to Indonesian Criminal Investigation Department director Krisno Siregar, the vessel was believed to have sailed from Johor to Jakarta on the same day.

Five of the Malaysian suspects who were detained were from Johor, while another came from Perak. The drugs are believed to be from Myanmar.

All the suspects were arrested by the Indonesian police and the case is being investigated under Article 114 of Law Number 35/2009 on narcotics, and if convicted, they could be punished by death.

In Kuantan, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said his ministry would arrange for its officers to meet the six.

He said this would be arranged soonest possible and that all standard operating procedures (SOPs) would be followed including assisting them in the legal aspects if they require it.

“Our embassy in Jakarta is in contact with the Indonesian authorities on the SOPs so that everything goes smoothly.

“The SOPs are there when Malaysian nationals are arrested, charged in court or cheated by foreign syndicates,’ he said.

Saifuddin, who is also Indera Mahkota MP, told this to reporters when met at an Aidilfitri open house hosted by his service centre and Pakatan Harapan Indera Mahkota here tonight. — Bernama

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