DAP assemblymen claim trial to terrorism charges

The accused, G. Saminathan, 34, P. Gunasekaran, 60, and S. Chandru, 38 were charged with committing the offence at an event held at Dewan Kasturi Ayer Keroh, Jalan Utama, Taman Ayer Keroh Heights Melaka, at between 8.30pm and 10.50pm on Nov 28, 2018. Source (pic): TTF Files

Two state assemblymen and a chief officer of a corporation were charged at the Sessions Court in Melaka today with supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group in November last year.

G. Saminathan, 34, P. Gunasekaran, 60, and S. Chandru, 38 were charged under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which provides for a sentence of life imprisonment or a maximum of 30 years or fine, and forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used for the offence, if found guilty.

Saminathan was also charged with possessing items with elements connected to the LTTE in a dark blue Samsung Galaxy S9+ handphone at the office of the Unity, Human Resources and Consumer Affairs exco, in the Chief Minister’s Office, Kompleks Seri Negeri here at 10.25am on Oct 10.


MELAKA: Two state assemblymen and a chief officer of a corporation were charged at the Sessions Court here today with supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group in November last year.

The accused, G. Saminathan, 34, P. Gunasekaran, 60, and S. Chandru, 38 were charged with committing the offence at an event held at Dewan Kasturi Ayer Keroh, Jalan Utama, Taman Ayer Keroh Heights here, at between 8.30pm and 10.50pm on Nov 28, 2018.




They were charged under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which provides for a sentence of life imprisonment or a maximum of 30 years or fine, and forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used for the offence, if found guilty.

Saminathan was also charged with possessing items with elements connected to the LTTE in a dark blue Samsung Galaxy S9+ handphone at the office of the Unity, Human Resources and Consumer Affairs exco, in the Chief Minister’s Office, Kompleks Seri Negeri here at 10.25am on Oct 10.

He was charged under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail sentence of up to seven years or a fine, and for any of the items to be forfeited, if found guilty.

The three accused nodded to indicate they understood the charges which were read out in the presence of judge Elesabet Paya Wan, but no pleas were recorded.

The court set Dec 16 for a re-mention of the case, and all the accused were taken to the Sungai Buloh Prison.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutors Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad and Mohd Izhanudin Alias, while the three accused were represented by five counsels led by Ramkarpal Singh.

Earlier, reporters were prohibited from entering the court, as only family members and dignitaries were allowed in for the proceedings.

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When met, Muhamad Iskandar told reporters that the Sections did not allow for bail as all the accused were charged under Chapter 6a of the Penal Code because the Sessions Court does not have the authority to make a decision involving Section 13 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.

The vehicle carrying the three accused left the Melaka Court Complex at 10.45am.

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