Embassy attache, 3 cohorts nabbed for extortion

Published March 14, 2019, 12:59 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Jel Santos

An attaché of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia and his three Filipino cohorts, who allegedly extorted money from a Yemeni student, were apprehended during an entrapment operation in Makati City on Wednesday night.

Makati police identified the suspects as Fahad Almusabih, a Sudanist; Miller Apao, of Bacoor, Cavite; Jonathan Abenasa, of Putatan, Muntinlupa; and Hernan Gonzales, of Parañaque City.

The one who sought the help of the cops was 23-year-old Ahmed Mohammed Muneer Mohammed, a college student in Baguio City.

The four suspects were arrested at Cebuana Lhuillier on Makati Avenue in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City around 6pm.

On March 4, Mohammed said he gave Almusabih P9, 000 to quickly process his expired student visa.

The victim also said that he handed Almusabih his passport for the processing.

He told the student that he could get his renewed student visa later that day. But when they met again, the suspect was not bringing any visa, and even demanded the victim to provide an additional P16, 000.

Mohammed declined to give him more money. After his refusal, the Almusabih allegedly threatened him that he will report to authorities his illegal stay in the country.

On March 8, Almusabih contacted the Yemeni student and told him to prepare P100, 000 in exchange for his passport. This prompted the student to report everything to the cops.