Assemblyman, 4 others plead not guilty to LTTE-linked charges

Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan at an earlier hearing at the Melaka Sessions Court in December last year. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Five men, including an assemblyman, pleaded not guilty here today to several charges related to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) terrorist group.

Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan, 36, scrap metal dealer A Kalaimughilan, 29, technician S Arivainthan, 28, postman S Teeran, 39, and teacher R Sundram, 53, made the pleas in three separate courtrooms of the High Court after the charges were read to them in Tamil.

Saminathan, Teeran and Sundram were charged with one count each, while Kalaimughilan was charged with two counts of possessing LTTE-related items at different locations in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, and Rawang and Telok Panglima Garang in Selangor between Oct 10 and 12 last year.

They were charged under Section 130JB (1) (a) of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum jail term of seven years, or a fine, and forfeiture of the items, upon conviction.

Arivainthan and Teeran were also charged with supporting LTTE through Facebook postings in October 2018.

Saminathan was also charged with supporting LTTE at a ceremony at the Dewan Kasturi in Air Keroh, Melaka, on Oct 28, 2018.

The charge carries a maximum jail term of 30 years, or a fine, and forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used, upon conviction. Justice Muhammad Jamil and Judicial Commissioners Ahmad Shahrir and Aslam Zainuddin set dates in February for case management and submission of documents.

The prosecution was conducted by DPPs Rohaiza Abd Rahman, Aliff Asraf Anuar Sharuddin, Mohd Firdaus Abu Hanipah and Azlina Rasdi.

Lawyer T Rajasegaran represented Kalaimughilan and Teeran, while counsel Harshaan Zamani acted on behalf of Arivainthan, Saminathan and Sundram.