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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Viral videos help police in solving crime

GEORGE TOWN - Police have managed to resolve 83 per cent of criminal cases captured by netizens and shared online since January this year.

Federal Criminal Investigation Department Director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the viraled videos as well as other details forwarded by members of the public and netizens allowed them to resolve the cases.

He said a total of 35 viral videos with footage of various offences and criminal activities being committed were submitted to police, which saw 87 people being called in for questioning.

Huzir said after the videos were perused, 29 cases were submitted to the public prosecutor's office and 25 offenders were charged in court for various offences.

"Some of the viraled videos involved extortion, robbery, motorcycle theft and child abuse. We thank netizens for their quick thinking and action by sharing these videos online and alerting the police. This allows us to track the suspects," Huzir said at a press conference at the Penang police headquarters here today.

He called on the members of the public to WhatsApp videos of offences and crime being committed to 019-3019930 or via PDRM's Facebook or Twitter accounts.

"But we would like to plead with netizens not to spread old videos. This would make police look bad, implying that we never took action on it, when in reality we had."

Huzir praised the quick action by the Penang police in foiling the kidnap of a Syrian man in his 20s and a local woman in her 30s, in Tanjung Tokong, last Thursday.

He said the two kidnappers, who are both Syrian nationals in their 30s and 50s, were arrested, and the kidnap victims were rescued from a Proton Persona belonging to the suspects.

Huzir said the kidnappers had demanded RM100,000 ransom. The two victims were kidnapped from a fast food restaurant in Batu Ferringhi at 9pm on Thursday.

"The case was resolved in less than 24 hours. Police spotted the Proton Persona with the two victims bound with duct tape. The suspects were also found to have tested positive for methamphetamine," he said.

Huzir said the case was being investigated under Section 3 (1) Kidnapping Act 1961.

On a related matter, Huzir also urged members of the public to provide information regarding a RM900,000 jewellery heist in Seberang Jaya.

He said police were looking for six suspects in the case.

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