KUALA LUMPUR (April 13, 2010): The Algerian arrested in connection with the murder of the country's top financial analyst Choong Khuat Hock has been cleared of the crime but is being held for allegedly committing other offences.
Bentong police chief Supt Rosli Abdul Rahman said the 33-year-old foreigner has been remanded further to be investigated for cheating and extortion cases reported in the Klang Valley.
He said the man is also being investigated for offences under the Immigration Act for allegedly tampering with the entries in his passport. It is learnt that he had entered the country in 2005 but his passport showed his entry into Malaysia two years ago.
He said police had contacted the Algerian embassy and their officials are assisting investigators.
The man who was a close friend of Choong was arrested after he surrendered himself to police on March 30 and was remanded till Friday.
About a week after Choong's body was found police had released a photofit of the Algerian after calls for him to surrender failed.
Rosli said police also detained a Nigerian who is also said to be a close friend of Choong in the Klang Valley last week to assist in the probe.
However, he said the man will be released soon as investigators found no evidence to linking him to the case.
"We found no incriminating evidence linking both these foreigners to the case. We are still gathering clues and hope it leads us to the person behind the murder." he said.
He urged those who may have information which can help solve the case to call the Bentong CID at 09-2222222.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Choong Khuat Hock's murder: Police no nearer solving the case
I've written much on the drama of Choong Khuat Hock, the financial analyst who was found murdered in a ditch off the Karak Highway in Pahang. A suspect was later picked up by the Police. According to a recent story in the Sun2Surf website, the suspect has been cleared of the crime. Clearly, the Police is no nearer finding a solution to the murder mystery today than yesterday. Here is an excerpt from the news item: