6 more charged with be­ing or­gan­ised crime mem­bers

New Straits Times - - News -

KA­JANG: For around two months they have been locked up af­ter be­ing de­tained un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences and Spe­cial Mea­sures Act (Sosma) for al­legedly be­ing mem­bers of an or­gan­ised crime group.

De­prived of con­tact with fam­ily mem­bers, the six men must have yearned for even the sim­plest of con­ver­sa­tions with their loved ones.

So, when they were brought to court to face charges of be­ing gang mem­bers, they tried their very best to speak to their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies.

But all they could do was stare at them from the dock as se­cu­rity at the Ses­sions Court here was tight, with the court­room be­ing guarded by heav­ily-armed mem­bers of the Spe­cial Task Force on Or­gan­ised Crime.

Fam­ily mem­bers even tried to wait in front of the court lock-up in the hopes of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the six af­ter they were charged.

They never got the chance as po­lice cor­doned off the area be­fore press­ing them into the back of a lorry to trans­port them back to prison.

The six — Muham­mad Rush­lan Ab­dul­lah, B. Letchu­manan, K. Ala­ga­su­veeran, M.Para­m­aguru, R. Sathies, and a man iden­ti­fied in the charge sheet only as Elang­o­naidu — were al­leged to be mem­bers of the no­to­ri­ously vi­o­lent Gang 360 De­van.

They were charged un­der Sec­tion 130V of the Pe­nal Code, ac­cused of be­ing mem­bers of an or­gan­ised crime group. Those con­victed un­der the sec­tion face up to 20 years’ im­pris­on­ment.

No pleas were recorded from the six, aged be­tween 31 and 44.

Judge Nori­dah Adam did not of­fer bail and fixed April 8 for men­tion. She also or­dered the case to be trans­ferred to the Shah Alam High Court.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Mo­hamad Mustaffa P. Kun­yalam pros­e­cuted while the ac­cused were un­rep­re­sented.

Ear­lier this month, the al­leged gang leader, for­mer MIC Hulu Lan­gat Di­vi­sion Youth chief Datuk M. Kalai Arasu, and 28 oth­ers were charged with the same of­fence.

It was re­ported that the gang, a splin­ter of Gang 36, which is in­fa­mous for ac­tiv­i­ties such as drug traf­fick­ing, rob­bery and kid­nap­ping, had been un­der close watch over the past two years.

PIC BERNAMA

The six ac­cused, who are al­legedly mem­bers of the Geng 360 De­van, be­ing led out of the

Ka­jang Ses­sions Court yes­ter­day by mem­bers of the Spe­cial Task Force on Or­gan­ised Crime.

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