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Nayati kidnap trial postponed to Tuesday for witness to testify

The trial of the men accused of kidnapping Dutch national Nayati Shamelin Moodliar has been postponed to Tuesday as the scheduled witness had to testify in a court elsewhere.

High Court judge Justice Kamardin Hashim allowed the application by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Nik Suhaimi Sulaiman to postpone the trial as the witness, DSP Zuraimi Zam Zam had gone to the High Court in Ipoh to testify in an ongoing case.

The court heard that another witness was also unable to attend as she was testifying in a case at a court outstation.

Nik Suhaimi added that the second accused, handphone seller Foong Khar Fai, 19, was also unable to be produced in court on Monday.

Foong, along with self-employed Chong Tat Siong and unemployed Lee Phak Seng, both 23, were charged on May 23 last year with kidnapping Nayati with the intent to get RM300,000 ransom.

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The trio, with another still at large, were alleged to have committed the offence at Jalan Kiara 1, Mont Kiara here at about 7.30am on April 27 last year.

Nayati, 13, was on his way to the Mont Kiara International School near his home when he was abducted by two men in a black car.

He was released at the Sungai Buloh rest and recreation area on May 3, 2012.

Under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961, the three accused face the death penalty, or life imprisonment and possible whipping if spared the death penalty, if convicted.

Chong and Lee were both present in court. Their respective counsels, Rejinder Singh and Chong Joo Tian, raised no objection to the postponement.

The trial had previously been postponed from May 14 due to new developments, which had not been revealed at the time.

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