Malaysian police have arrested seven men over the murder of a US pastor who was found strangled with a mobile phone cord at his home in Kuala Lumpur, police said Thursday.

American pastor David James Ginter was found dead in his house on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital on 4th May by a neighbour. His hands and feet were bound, and the phone charger cable was wrapped around his neck.

Seven members of Ginter’s congregation, aged 20 to 30, have been taken into custody as part of the investigation into the murder, district police chief Amiruddin Jamaluddin said, adding police had yet to establish a motive. “We are still investigating”, Amiruddin told AFP.


The New Straits Times reported Ginter had several broken ribs and bruises and scratches on his body. His car was reported missing, but there were no signs of a struggle or forced entry into the house.

Ginter, 62, was a senior pastor at the Bridge International Church in Kuala Lumpur for three years.


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