ALOR SETAR: The four Thai citizens involved in the robbery and the hijacking of two fishing boats off the coast of Langkawi on Saturday (August 19) have been in pre-trial detention for seven days before the court of the magistrate.
Langkawi OCPD Supt Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said they were taken to Alor Setar Court for pre-trial detention and all suspects were left behind Langkawi on Monday (August 20) morning.
They arrived at the Alor Setar court at about 10:30 am, guarded by personnel from the Marine Police and detectives.
Assistant registrar Rusmini Rashid has granted the order for temporary detention for seven days, which runs from Monday to Sunday (August 26).
On Sunday, Supt Mohd Iqbal said that the police received an emergency call from the owner of the boat at 8.35 am.
"The owner said his fishing boat had been robbed near Pulau Langgun, and research showed that two boats were stopped by 12 Thai citizens on two boats.
"Based on collected information, the police rushed to the scene and successfully intercepted one of the boats used by the suspects.
"Seven victims were saved there while four Thai suspects were arrested," he said in a statement.
Supt Mohd Iqbal said the police found three guns that were used during the first denied boarding.
Four other Malaysians, who were taken into the second boat, are supposed to have been transported to Thailand.
"The efforts to save the remaining victims are on the way," he said.
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