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Published: Friday April 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:16:24 AM

Lahad Datu: Sulu Sultan's nephew Amirbahar charged with waging war against King

KUALA LUMPUR: Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, nephew of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram, was charged on Friday with waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and being a member of a terrorist group.

The Magistrate's court sat in a special session at the Lahad Datu district police headquarters.

Datu Amirbahar, said to be the Defence Minister of the sultanate, was convicted under section 121 of the Penal Code for waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He faces the death penalty if found guilty.

He was also charged with being a member of a terrorist group, under section 130KA of the Penal Code, which provides for a sentence of life imprisonment and whipping.

Datu Amirbahar, 49, of Jolo, southern Philippines, is alleged to have committed the offences in Kg Tanduo, Lahad Datu, between Feb 9 and March 23. He was arrested on March 23.

No plea was recorded. The charge was read out to Datu Amirbahar in the Suluk language before Lahad Datu Sessions Court judge Rajalingam S.S.Maniam, who sat as a magistrate.

The prosecution was led by Trial and Appeal Division chief Datuk Nordin Hassan and deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar, both from the Attorney-General's Chambers, and Lahad Datu DPP Shukor Abu Bakar.

The court also allowed the prosecution's application under section 177A (2) of the Criminal Procedure Code to transfer the case to the Tawau High Court and fixed May 14 for mention.

Under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, all security cases are to be tried in the High Court.

Including today's case, 20 Filipinos have been charged so far in connection with the recent intrusion in Lahad Datu by armed terrorists. The charges included waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, being members of a terrorist group, sheltering terrorists and recruiting members for a terrorist group.

A local police corporal had also been charged with failing to provide information on terrorist activities. All the cases had also been transferred to the Tawau High Court. - Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Nation, News, Courts and Crime, Lahad Datu, Terrorism, Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, Jamalul Kiram, Sulu

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