Asmawi Missing: 19-year-old SMS Sender Freed

22 March 2008
Kuala Lumpur

The 19-year-old man who allegedly attempted to extort RM5,000 from the family of missing 11-year-old Muhammad Asmawi Jalaludin was granted police bail yesterday. It is believed that he sent a short message to Asmawi’s sister on 12 March 2008 at 1:50pm.

The suspect, a Form Five student, was arrested at his house in Kota Kinabalu on 19 March 2008 and brought to the Brickfields police station for investigations.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor has said that as there is no strong evidence yet for the suspect to be charged in court, he has been released after his seven-day remand had ended. However, he may be re-arrested and charged if there is new evidence implicating him with the short message within the next two weeks.

The suspect was not allowed to return to Sabah but would have to stay with relatives here.

The Star Online – Youth held in Asmawi case freed on police bail
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/22/nation/20726589&sec=nation>

MCW – Asmawi Missing: 19-year-old SMS Sender Remanded
<URL:http://malaysiacrimewatch.lokety.com/asmawi-missing-19-year-old-sms-sender-remanded/>

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