Malaysian resto manager freed; P30-M ransom paid PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:34

A Malaysian restaurant managr was released Sunday night by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, almost seven months after she was kidnapped in Sandakan, Malaysia.

The Sulu police provincial office said Thien Nyuk Fun, 50, was released in Bud Taran village, Indanan town  around 10 p.m.

The police provincial office said Thien, who was seized together with another Malaysian, Bernard Ghen Ted Fen, at the Ocean King Seafood Restaurant in Sandakan, Malaysia, on May 14, was freed after the payment of P30 million ransom.

It said the militant group that released Thien is led by Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Alhabsy Misaya, Alden Bagade and Angah Adji.

The Sulu police office said the release was facilitated by a security escort of Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Tan, who happens to be the son of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Amah Maas.

It said that on instructions of the vice governor, Maas’ son accompanied two Malaysian nationals, one of them identified as Captain Hassim, who handed over the P30 million ransom to the kidnappers.

It added the amount was the “remaining balance of the ransom the group had earlier demanded for Thien’s freedom.

She was brought to Parang town, where she was escorted to a waiting speedboat that said to Sandakan.

The Sulu police said the victim arrived in Sabah around 7 a.m. Monday.

The fate of the other Malaysian remained unknown. The police statement did not mention if the other Malaysian national was covered by the ransom payment and if he will also be released by the militants.