23 January 2010
Police have arrested seven men aged between 17 and 29 years believed to be involved in the January 10 arson attacks on the All Saints Church, St Louis Church and Sekolah Menengah Convent. Perak CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said the suspects were arrested at Kamunting and the nearby areas in four separate raids conducted on Thursday and Friday.
Zulkifli said the arson cases have been solved with these arrests, adding that they did not belong to any organized groups. Three suspects were self-employed, two were working for private companies and the rest were unemployed.
The seven have been remanded for six days and their case being investigated under Section 436 of the Penal Code for causing mischief, and Section 295 for defiling a place of worship to insult the religion of any class, which carry a sentence of up to 20 years’ jail and two years and a fine respectively.
The Star Online – Taiping arson cases solved
New Straits Times – 7 held over arson at school, 2 churches