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A 47-year-old woman’s body was found in her house after she was allegedly kidnapped. Photo: File.

International ransom: Four suspects arrested for kidnapping and murder

Four suspects were arrested for the alleged kidnapping and murder of a Bangladeshi man. The man was thought to be missing until a ransom was demanded from his family overseas.

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A 47-year-old woman’s body was found in her house after she was allegedly kidnapped. Photo: File.

Four men from Bangladesh were arrested for the kidnapping and murder of Rezaul Amin Molla, also from Bangladesh. The deceased was reported missing in December but it became apparent that he was kidnapped when a ransom was demanded.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda said the 29-year-old victim was reported missing in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga last year.

“The missing person case was later changed to kidnapping when the suspects allegedly demanded ransom from the victim’s family in Bangladesh,” said Netshiunda.

According to the police, two of the suspects were found at a hospital in Queenstown, Eastern Cape. The pair were admitted after they were allegedly assaulted by community members when they attempted another kidnapping.

The suspects arrested at the hospital – Mohammed Asrepur Rahman, 27, and Mohammed Sha Alamin, 26 – confessed to kidnapping the deceased.

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They allegedly killed him in Bophelong, Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng, said the police spokesperson. Another two suspects were arrested in the same area of the alleged murder.’

“A vehicle which was allegedly used during the kidnapping was found at the residence of one of the suspects,” said Netshiunda.

Rahman and Alamin appeared before the Mkobola Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 18 January and were remanded in custody while the other suspects appeared on Wednesday. The matter was postponed to 25 January.

“The National Commissioner has applauded the team comprising the Mpumalanga Provincial Detectives, Gauteng Tracking Team, Kwa-Mhlanga District LCRC, National Crime Intelligence and other role players for their efforts in tracing the suspects and ensuring that the authority of the state is felt in the intensification of the fight against kidnappings,” said Netshiunda