Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Police On A Look Out For Pakistani National After Arresting Two For Withdrawing Money From Passengers’ Account

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By jaskiran kaur | August 18, 2014 10:37 PM EST

Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has not been found yet. However, the police have been quick to find and arrest the suspects who are believed to be involved in stealing the money from the account of four MH370 passengers. But, the Malaysia police are still searching for the Pakistani who is allegedly involved in the theft.

According to Bernama, a banker has been taken in custody for taking out the money from the accounts of the passengers of missing plane. The report notes the fraud has been committed by a bank employee who has been working for the bank since last 10 years.

Commercial Crime Investigation chief, Assistant Commissioner Izany Abd Ghani told the media that the arrest was made at the Ampang house of the banker on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. As for the husband of the banker, he is reportedly believed to be "siphoning" the cash. The police took the man in custody from a garage where he was getting his car repaired.

Izany also revealed that the CCTV recordings at the bank will be obtained by the police. However, the process will take some time.

Furthermore, the report reveals that there is another person who is involved in the withdrawal of the money. The third person is a Pakistani national that the police are still searching for.  

Police Chief Zainuddin Ahmad told the media that the money has been transferred to the account of a man named Ali Farran. The transfers have been made using internet banking and an amount of RM 35,000 has been credited to Farran's account.

The Pakistani national is reportedly a 30-year-old mechanic, who worked in Ampang. The police believe that the man ran away with the money they withdrew from the accounts of two Chinese and two Malaysian MH370 passengers.

"Investigations are still underway to find out the relationship between the detained bank officer and the Pakistani," Zainuddin Ahmad told Bernama.

On Aug. 13, New Strait Times reported that RM111,000 (AU$37,464) is "missing" from the account of victims of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The suspicious bank activity came to the light during "an internal audit."

CNN reports the bank that has suffered the fraud is the Malaysian branch of HSBC.

"HSBC is deeply sorry for this incident and apologises to the families of our customers for the distress this will cause, and assures them there will be no losses on these accounts," HSBC's rep told the news website.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014 after losing the contact with the radar. Boeing 777 was carrying 239 people while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. On March 24, it was announced that the plane ended up in southern Indian Ocean. However, in the absence of debris the tragedy remains a mystery. 

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