JOHOR BARU: Two men, believed to be members of Gang 21 Japan, were charged at the magistrate’s court here under the Security Offences and Special Measures Act (Sosma) for group organised crime.
The accused Low Koon Ping, 44, and S. Elango, 37, were said to have been members of the gang, which was active in organised crime around the Iskandar region here between Jan 18 and Aug 19, 2015.
They were charged under Section 130V of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 20 years jail term if convicted.
Both acknowledged the charge read out to them before Magistrate Mohd Azlan Shah Mohd Allias here yesterday.
No plea was recorded.
The case would be brought to the High Court and tried under Sosma.
DPP Chan Lee Lee prosecuted the case while Low was represented by lawyer Anwar Roas. Elango was unrepresented.
Gang 21 Japan was in the spotlight, as eight of its members including its leader Datuk K. Elumalai were first in the country to be charged under Sosma in July last year.
The other seven who were charged earlier were Elumalai’s cousin K. Puvendran, 29; M. Kishok Kumar, 26, R. Ganabathy, 31 and his brother R. Shamuga Nathan, 38.
Others were S. Jeeva, 27, S. Rajandran and M. Suresh, both 40.