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Malaysian police arrest three foreigners suspected of robbing, murdering Japanese

(Xinhua)

15:45, August 25, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian police arrested three foreigners suspected of robbing and murdering a Japanese businessman at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, investigators said on Thursday.

The victim, Hirokazu Miyashita was found in a hotel room tied to his business partner, a Japanese in his 50's who was attacked but survived the ordeal on Monday.

"The victims were businessmen and they had come to Malaysia a week before the incident," Mohd Adnan Abdullah, Selangor state chief investigator told reporters at a press conference.

"The suspects were believed to have known the victims and had business negotiations with them prior to the murder," he said.

"We have arrested three foreigners, aged between 20 to 35 and seized a car they could be using to the crime scene," he added.

The surviving victim returned to Japan on Thursday after he was discharged from the hospital.

The body of Miyashita was also flown back to his home country.

The suspects were said to have fled with 110,000 ringgit (36, 863 U.S. dollars) in cash.

The suspects, whom some local news reports suggested to be Africans, will be remanded until next Wednesday.

Investigators refused to divulge details about the victims although news reports have said they were jewelers.

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