Eight Arrested Over Metro Tabernacle Church Arson Attack

KUALA LUMPUR: Police believe they have solved the Metro Tabernacle Church arson attack following the arrest of eight men.

The eight, aged between 21 and 26 and including two brothers and their uncle, were nabbed during a police operation that started on Tuesday.

Federal Criminal Investigations Department director Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said police got their break in the case when they arrested a 25-year-old man who went to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for his follow-up treatment for burns at 3pm on Tuesday.

“Upon questioning the man, we conducted an operation where we arrested seven more men including another man who also had burns on his hand.

“All eight have been ordered to be remanded with us for seven days to facilitate investigations,’’ he told a press conference at the City police headquarters here on Wednesday.

The church in Desa Melawati was among the Christian places of worship attacked on Jan 8. It was set on fire and the ground floor was completely gutted.

The attack is believed to be linked to the recent High Court ruling to allow the usage of the word ”Allah” in the Catholic weekly Herald

Comm Mohd Bakri appealed to the public to allow the police time to carry out a thorough investigation into the Metro Tabernacle church arson.

He said they were investigating the case under Section 436 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of 20 years imprisonment upon conviction. –thestar

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