18 Dec Two Myanmar suspects in Penang murders flee, say police

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Questions have been raised about many of the Myanmar murder suspects holding UNHCR registration cards, the first step on the road to possible citizenship in a third country. Here Myanmar migrants wait at the registration department at the UNHCR office in Kuala Lumpur, February 28, 2005. Photo: Jimin Lai/AFP Questions have been raised about many of the Myanmar murder suspects holding UNHCR registration cards, the first step on the road to possible citizenship in a third country. Here Myanmar migrants wait at the registration department at the UNHCR office in Kuala Lumpur, February 28, 2005. Photo: Jimin Lai/AFP

Two Myanmar nationals wanted by the Malaysian police to assist in the investigation into the murder of several fellow nationals on Malaysia’s Penang island are believed to have fled the state, according to The Star on December 17.

Penang police chief, Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the two men in their 30s and 40s disappeared after their photographs were published in the press recently, the newspaper reports. They are suspected to be hiding out in another area of Malaysia.

Since early this year, 18 murder cases involving Myanmar nationals have been reported in Penang.

The authorities say that initially the bodies of the murdered men were wrapped in white cloth and left by the roadside. However, since last month, the victims were dismembered and their body parts dumped in several locations in the state, the newspaper reports.

The grisly murders are believed to be as a result of a spillover of communal tension from Myanmar, which has seen serious clashes in Rakhine State in 2012 and occasional outbreaks in towns in the centre of the country.

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