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It's an offence to negotiate or pay ransom, remind lawyers

Geraldine Tong  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The release of the four Sarawakian hostages by the Abu Sayyaf on June 8, has been marred by controversy over RM12 million ransom money.

The issue first arose when the families of the hostages said they passed RM12 million to police Special Branch officers to pay the ransom, after those who contributed demanded to know what happened to the cash.

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