Malaysian auxiliary policeman among Batam murder suspects

Four Malaysians, including a member of the auxiliary police, have been arrested in Batam, Indonesia for suspected murder, reports The Jakarta Post.



Batam, Rempang and Galang (Barelang) City Police arrested the four who are believed to have murdered fellow Malaysian citizen Amar Aswan, 29, on April 24 at the BCC Hotel and Residence in Batam.

Sarwanan Kuppusamy, Masyurizan Mardan, Goh Song Chew and Kalitazan Meganathan are all reportedly colleagues of Amar.

According to a Berita Harian report, one spokesperson for Batam authorities said that from their tattoos, it was possible that all five involved were gang members.

When interrogated, Masyurizan revealed he was also a constable with the Malaysian auxiliary police.

Amar Aswan was found dead on a trolley in his hotel room with bruises all over his body.

The autopsy revealed that he had been gagged and had suffered serious physical trauma to the head, said The Jakarta Post.

Yesterday, Barelang City Police chief, Senior Commisioner Asep Safrudin said that police were alerted to Amar’s murder via a report made by the hotel’s security guards.

This was at 6.30am.

The suspects were arrested three hours later as they were trying to leave Batam for Malaysia.

Sarwanan and Masyurizan’s ferry had already left the Batam Center Port — police then contacted the Water Police unit and asked them to stop the boat.

Meanwhile, the other two, Goh and Kalitazan ,were caught at the Harbor Bay Port in Batu Ampar, Batam.

“We are still investigating the motives behind the killing,” said Asep.

Asep also told The Jakarta Post that the suspects said the victim got into a quarrel with them at a night spot and hit one of them.

“They could not tolerate this, and after the victim returned to his hotel, they assaulted him. But we will find out whether there were other motives, such as links to drug-trafficking,” said Asep.

In February last year, Malaysian policeman Salim Muhammad Yusof was ordered by the Medan District Court in North Sumatra to serve four years in jail for drug smuggling.

The lance corporal was trying to bring 0.5 grammes of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia through the Polonia International Airport.