SINGAPORE: Two Singaporeans were charged in a district court under the Kidnapping Act on Friday with abducting and holding a 79-year-old woman for ransom.
Media reports say the pair have been living together for more than 10 years.
The victim is the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket's chief executive, Mr Lim Hock Chee.
The two men arrived at the Subordinate Courts in a police van shortly after 9am, and appeared in the courtroom an hour later.
Lee Sze Yong, 41, is accused of abducting Madam Ng Lye Poh, 79, along Hougang Avenue 2 on January 8 between 10.30am and 1pm with the intent of holding her for ransom.
His accomplice, 50-year-old Heng Chen Boon, is accused of abetting Lee by confining Madam Ng in a vehicle between 8.30pm and midnight on the same day.
When they appeared in court on Friday, Lee was clad in a black T-shirt, while Heng was dressed in a maroon one.
Both men were expressionless as they stood in the holding area for accused persons.
If convicted, both face the death penalty or jail for life.
The two men have been remanded at the Police Cantonment Complex for further investigations.
Madam Ng was kidnapped on Wednesday while walking alone along Hougang Avenue 2.
She was approached by one of the suspects who allegedly told her that her son, Mr Lim, had suffered a bad fall; and that she was to follow him into his car, and he would bring her to Mr Lim.
She was then transferred to another car, allegedly driven by the second suspect, where she was blindfolded and had her hands tied.
Madam Ng was released unhurt after Mr Lim paid a S$2 million ransom.
The money was later recovered.
The cases against both men will be heard on January 17. - CNA/nd/ec
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