Ex-Uber driver acquitted of kidnapping Raymond Koh

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A part-time Uber driver who was accused of kidnapping Pastor Raymond Koh in 2017 was freed by the magistrate’s court today.

Lam Chang Nam, 31, was released after the prosecution dropped the charges on February 8.

His lawyer, Aaron Mark Pius, told Malaysiakini magistrate Nurshahirah Abdul Salim granted his client an acquittal earlier this month.

“The prosecution told the court they did not wish to proceed with the Section 365 charge, although they had already called nine witnesses.

“The defence submitted that he (Lam) should be given a full acquittal,” he said.

Lam was charged in March 2017 with extorting Koh’s son, Jonathan, for RM30,000 to secure the release of his father.

On January 15, 2018 Lam was charged at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court with kidnapping Koh.

Pius said the magistrate will decide on the other blackmailing charge facing his client when the prosecution concludes the case.

“We have put in our submissions and the magistrate will give her decision on April 30,” he said, adding his client was jointly tried for both kidnapping and extortion.

Koh was abducted by masked men in Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on February 13, 2017.

A public inquiry conducted by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission concluded that he was a victim of enforced disappearance who was snatched by members of the Bukit Aman Special Branch.

The Home Ministry had also set up a special task force to investigate the case.

International human rights laws define enforced disappearance as a secret abduction or imprisonment by a state or political organisation, or by a third party with the authorisation, support or acquiescence of the state or a political organisation. – TMI