Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Malaysia: Arrests Made in Kidnapping of Dutch Youngster, Mastermind Flees to Europe

As a follow-up to my May 5 posting, concerning the kidnapping of Nayati Shamelin Moodliar, 12, a Dutch citizen who was released on May 3 after a ransom payment was delivered to the abductors, Malaysian police have arrested five suspects in the case, although the mastermind in the case has reportedly fled to Europe.

COMMENT: Thus far, the ransom money, assembled by the boy's parents, has not been recovered. The youngster was kidnapped while walking to a local international school where was a student, although this practice is not recommended for expats or residents who have financial means.

As a matter of interest, parents of means whose children attend private schools not in their home countries should not ensure that their children are safely transported to and from school, as well as school-related activities.

Additionally, school administrators should be provided a signed letter from both parents which includes the photographs of individuals who are authorized to pick children up from school, given the high level of child molestation and ransom kidnapping threats in many countries, both developed and developing.