4 men charged in court over temple riot

The accused pleaded not guilty to rioting while armed with dangerous weapons. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Four men, including a security officer of developer One City Development Sdn Bhd, were charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with rioting while using dangerous weapons.

Muhammad Ridzuan Sekh Ruslan, 26, Irwan Nordin, 38, Mohd Khairi Abd Rashid, 24, and Rozaihan Jamaludin, 38, pleaded not guilty to the charges before Magistrate Nor Ariffin Hisham.

According to the charges, all the four allegedly took part in a riot together with several others still at large while armed with a machete, axe, knife and a piece of wood.

They were alleged to have committed the offences at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya between 2am and 5am on Nov 26.

The charges were made under Section 148 of the Penal Code, which provides a maximum jail term of five years or a fine or both on conviction.

The court allowed all four to be bailed for RM10,000 in one surety each. They were also ordered to surrender their passports to the court and report themselves once a month to the nearest police station until their case was settled.

DPP Salim Hamid led the prosecution and the case will be mentioned again on Jan 17, 2019.

It is understood that another man was supposed to appear in court today to face the same charges but is currently warded in hospital.