Stolen RMAF Jet Engines – RMAF Sergeant, Company Director charged In Court

PETALING JAYA: Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) sergeant N. Tharmendran and company director K. Rajandran Prasad were charged at the Sessions Court here on Wednesday in connection with the missing F5 jet engines.

Tharmendran, 42, claimed trial to a charge of abetting airman Mohamad Shukri Yusop in the theft of the two J8521-type engines.

Rajandran Prasad, 38, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty to a charge of helping to dispose of stolen property belonged to the RMAF.

The jets engines belonging to the 12th Squadron (Scorpion) based in Butterworth were stolen in 2007 from the RMAF godown in Kuala Lumpur.

The RMAF only discovered the jet engines missing on May 22, 2008 and a police report was lodged on Aug 4 the same year.

Also missing were maintenance and service records.

On Monday, Atorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said that the stolen engines had “left” Malaysia for Argentina but were off-loaded to another vessel bound for Uruguay.

However, he did not reveal their current location as efforts were under way to recover the engines as fast as possible.

He had said Malaysia would be seeking help from certain countries by “engaging mutual assistance procedures.” thestar

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