- Five men were arrested over a transgender’s murder in Malaysia
- The suspects were all brothers aged between 19 and 30
- Investigators believed the murder was connected to her kidnapping two years ago
Five men, all brothers, were reportedly arrested in connection with the February murder of transgender Sameera Krishnan in Malaysia.
The suspects, aged between 19 and 30, were nabbed by police at their home in Taman Eng Ann in Klang this week; more than a month after the 26-year-old victim’s body was found mutilated and with a gunshot wound to the head last February 23.
Her body was discovered in the early hours of the morning.
Authorities believed Sameera’s murder was connected to her kidnapping two years ago where she stands as the lone witness.
Kidnapped and raped two years ago
Sameera was kidnapped by four men in February 2015. She was tortured and believed to be gang-raped by her abductors.
“They bound her hands and feet with barbed wire before sexually assaulting her with bottles. They also used a pair of pliers to twist and tear her nipples,” a friend narrated.
She was rescued after a motorist noticed her tied-up in the backseat of the kidnapper’s vehicle. A friend said Sameera has since changed after the incident, became reclusive and distanced herself from friends.
The two suspects, P. Ganesan and S. Vegeniswaran, were charged with kidnapping which carries the mandatory death sentence, while the two others remain at large.
Meanwhile, the Kuantan magistrate’s court has granted the five brothers a seven-day remand order on Friday, April 12.
All suspects have criminal record, according to the Star Online.