Lahad Datu: Thirtieth man charged with terrorism over intrusion by Sulu gunmen

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  • Friday, 12 Jul 2013

TAWAU: Another man has claimed trial in the High Court here to a charge of being a member of a terrorist group involved in the intrusion incident in Lahad Datu last February.
Habil Suhaili is alleged to have committed the offence from Feb 9 to March 4, 2013, at Jalan Kastam Lama in Lahad Datu. 

Habil, who is represented by a group of lawyers led by James Tsai, is among 30 people charged with various offences related to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

The charge under Section 130KA of the Penal Code, which provides life imprisonment and fine upon conviction, was read to him before judge P.Ravinthran during a special session at the Tawau Prison. 

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail prosecuted. 

Abdul Gani told reporters later that the court agreed to transfer the case to the Kota Kinabalu High Court and that it would be heard with the other intrusion-related cases there. 

The court also set July 15 for case management. 

On June 27, 29 individuals, who were charged with various offences related to the intrusion, pleaded not guilty and would be tried simultaneously. 

Meanwhile, Tsai said the lawyers, who were appointed by the Philippine government, were representing 22 of the accused. 

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