Friday, July 11, 2014

Malaysia: "Violent Crime Can Be Found Wherever Vulnerable Targets Are Present"

According to The Telegraph and AFP, seven suspects have been arrested in Malaysia over the murder of Estonian model Regina Soosalu, who was in her 20s, whose body was discovered on an abandoned beach on Rawa Island last week.

Yet, even though Soosalu was a freelancer, she reportedly was one of the most sought-after models in Malaysia.

COMMENT: As I have said so often in my 2008 book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD, "violent crime exists wherever vulnerable targets are present."

Another factor that is predictably evident in so many homicides is the fact that murder victims are solo at the time of their deaths. Security can always be found in group settings.

The Estonian model was initially believed to have drowned, but police said Wednesday (July 9) they had found wounds on her body and were investigating the case as a homicide. 

Hasnan Hassan, head of crime investigations in southern Johor state, told AFP seven people had been arrested so far for questioning over her death, but declined to comment further. 

Faris Waris of Tangerine Models said his agency had worked with Soosalu, who said the the young model had been in Malaysia on and off for about three years.  

Her boyfriend, with whom she had traveled to the island, is a member of Johor royalty. 

Violent crime against foreign tourists and expatriates is rare in Muslim-majority Malaysia, but the development comes amid two other high-profile cases. 

Police are investigating the death of a British tourist whose body was found last month on Tioman island, also off the country's east coast, after he went missing on a jungle hike. 

On Wednesday (July 9) a Malaysian court sentenced a shopkeeper, also on Tioman, to death for killing French tourist Stephanie Foray, 30, on the island in May 2011.

This report will be updated as new information comes to light.