Three refuge seekers charged


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 Apr 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Three Myanmar refuge seekers were charged with the attempted murder of Myanmar embassy minister counsellor Khin Maung Lynn and causing him grievous hurt. 

The three brothers were also charged with committing mischief by fire or explosive substance with the intention of destroying the embassy building. 

The three are unemployed Abul Fariyas Oo Hardi, 42, and construction labourers Mohd Salim Oo Hardi, 38, and Muslim Oo Hardi, 35. 

The brothers were jointly charged with stabbing Khin Maung Lynn, 53, with a knife and slashing him with an axe, with the intention of killing him. 

The offence under Section 307 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine, if convicted. 

The three were also alternatively charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Khin Maung Lynn by stabbing and slashing him.  

The offence under Section 326 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine or whipping, if they were found guilty. 

The brothers face a second charge of committing mischief or destruction with the intention to destroy the embassy building. If convicted, they can be jailed up to 20 years and a fine.  

They were accused of committing the offences at the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar in Jalan Ru, off Jalan Ampang Hilir in Cheras here between 9.45am and 10am on April 7. 

The three pleaded not guilty to all the charges. 

The three were composed throughout the proceedings, bowing their heads when their counsel Amer Hamzah Arshad requested for bail. 

Amer Hamzah told the court: “They are seeking refugee status through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Although they do not have any documents, they still do not have any place to go. Please consider equity irrespective of their status.”  

DPP Ku Hayati Ku Haron urged the court to deny bail given that the three had no valid travel documents to stay in Malaysia. 

Sessions court judge Nursinah Adzmi, who ruled that bail was denied for now, said Amer Hamzah could submit a written application for bail with the support of affidavits for the court to consider later.  

Nursinah fixed five days beginning Oct 18 for trial.  

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