Gadek rep pleads not guilty to supporting LTTE on Facebook

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

KUALA LUMPUR: Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan pleaded not guilty in the High Court today to a charge of giving support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group through his Facebook account.

Saminathan, 35, made the plea after the charge was read to him in Tamil before Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin.

He was alleged to have supported the LTTE terrorist group on Facebook under the name of “Gsami Nathan Siva” at the Bukit Aman Special Branch Investigations Division E8 (M) Counter-Terrorism Office at 9.30pm on Oct 8, 2019.

The charge was framed under Section 130J (1) (a) of the Penal Code which provides for life imprisonment or a maximum jail term of 30 years or a fine and forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used for the offence.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Mohd Firdaus Abu Hanipah informed the court that the accused had another case related to the LTTE in a different High Court.

“The High Court had previously set Feb 11 for mention of the case, hence, I am also applying for the same date in this court.

“At the same time, the prosecution will file an application to determine which court will hear the case,” he said.

Jamil set Feb 11 for mention.

On Jan 20, Saminathan, represented by lawyer Harshaan Zamani, pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing LTTE-related items and providing support for the LTTE terrorist group after the charges were read to him before Judicial Commissioner Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh.

He was charged with supporting the terrorist group at an event held at the Dewan Kasturi Air Keroh, Jalan Utama, Taman Ayer Keroh Heights, Melaka, on Nov 28, 2018, and one count of possessing items related to the group in his cellphone at the office of the unity, human resources and consumer affairs exco at Kompleks Seri Negeri, Melaka, on Oct 10, 2019.