52 teens charged with join­ing un­law­ful as­sem­blies

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pas­sen­ger seat of a car driven by a traf­fic po­lice­man.

He is heard say­ing that the po­lice had pulled him over and KLANG: Fifty-two teenagers were charged in the mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day with par­tic­i­pat­ing in un­law­ful as­sem­blies in­tend­ing to cause public un­rest in front of four schools here last month.

Nine school dropouts, one col­lege stu­dent, as well as 42 stu­dents who were charged were aged be­tween 15 and 18 years old.

They al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence in front of SMK Seri An­dalas, SMK Raja Ma­hadi, SMK Sim­pang Lima and SMK Kam­pung Jawa in the af­ter­noon of April 20 and 21.

The youths had par­tic­i­pated in cake cut­ting cer­e­monies, depicted in sev­eral videos, and the cakes were dec­o­rated with the num­ber “24”.

The pro­ceed­ings were held in cam­era as 51 of them were un­der­age. They were charged be­fore Mag­is­trate Nor Asma Ah­mad.

Only one of the ac­cused, V.T. Ash­win, from Taman Sen­tosa, Klang, was tried as an adult.

The oth­ers were charged un­der the Child Act 2001. asked him if he had been drink­ing. He said he re­sponded by say­ing that he was a DJ at a club, but he did not drink.

Six of them faced two charges, each for par­tic­i­pat­ing in un­law­ful as­sem­blies at SMK Sri An­dalas on April 20 and SMK Kam­pung Jawa the next day, while the oth­ers faced one charge each.

Deputy public pros­e­cu­tor Syed Farid Syed Ali said three of the ac­cused pleaded guilty while the oth­ers claimed trial.

He said Nor Asma set bail of be­tween RM800 and RM1,000 for each ac­cused. She also set July 6 for men­tion and for sen­tenc­ing those who pleaded guilty, pend­ing be­hav­ioral re­ports from the Wel­fare Depart­ment.

It was re­ported that po­lice ar­rested a to­tal of 53 peo­ple fol­low­ing in­ci­dents where groups of teenagers cre­ated havoc in front of schools.

Two videos of the in­ci­dents went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia, show­ing the teenagers, who po­lice sus­pected were af­fil­i­ated to Gang 24 se­cret so­ci­ety, dis­rupt­ing peace in front of the schools while they were cel­e­brat­ing an oc­ca­sion by cut­ting cake bear­ing num­ber “24”.

It is learnt that the breathal­yser re­vealed oth­er­wise, so the po­lice took him to the po­lice sta­tion.

PIC BY SALHANI IBRAHIM

Dee­jay Ooi Kok Wei, 31, be­ing led out of the Kuala Lumpur court com­plex af­ter he was charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol yes­ter­day.

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