12 sus­pects charged with be­ing gang mem­bers

New Straits Times - - News -

KAJANG: About 30 peo­ple, be­lieved to be fam­ily mem­bers of 12 sus­pects de­tained un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma), gath­ered in front of the Ses­sions Court here yes­ter­day.

Some of them had waited since 8am, hop­ing to talk to their loved ones when they were taken to court.

But all the fam­ily mem­bers could do was stare and shout from afar as the court com­pound was guarded by heav­ily-armed mem­bers of the Spe­cial Task Force on Or­gan­ised Crime.

The 12 sus­pects — D. Ya­sotha­ran, 37; S. Man­i­maran, 44; C. Mu­ru­gan, 41; L. Len­gas Seperan, 48; D. Si­vanan­tha, 40; S.T. An­thony Balan, 40; S. Maran, 35; M. Sathia Tamil Siva, 24; P. Sures, 45; P. Mu­ru­gan, 28; B. Ravin­dran, 25; and D.R. Ya­sotha­naraj, 37 — were charged un­der Sec­tion 130 of the Pe­nal Code with be­ing men­bers of Gang 360 Devan.

If con­victed un­der this sec­tion, the ac­cused face up to 20 years in jail.

No plea was recorded.

Judge Nori­dah Adam did not of­fer bail and fixed June 7 for men­tion.

She or­dered the case to be trans­ferred to the High Court.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Mo­hamad Mustaffa P. Kun­yalam pros­e­cuted while the ac­cused were rep­re­sented by coun­sel Ger­ard Lazarus and Diar Isda Yazmin Ismail.

In March, the al­leged gang leader, for­mer MIC Hulu Lan­gat Di­vi­sion Youth chief Datuk M. Kalai Arasu, and 28 others were charged with a sim­i­lar of­fence.

It was re­ported that the gang, a splin­ter of Gang 36, is no­to­ri­ous for its vi­o­lence.

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