SELAYANG: A total of 19 men were hauled up to the Sessions Court here for alleged involvement in an organised crime entity known as "Geng Emi Keju".
The alleged gang members - aged from 18 to 38 - arrived at the court complex in two police trucks amidst heavy police security at 8.45am here Friday (Aug 16).
Eighteen of them were charged under Section 130V(1) of the Penal Code for their alleged participation in the criminal organisation.
They are Zairy Huzaimy Md Akhir, Muhammad Khairuddin Osman, Amirul Rezky Md Akhir, Muhamad Norrazak Azmi, Jazli Jamal, Mohamad Habib Abdul Jabar, Abdul Rahman Mohamed Daud, Muhammad Neshril Rustam, Makmur Saleng, Muhammad Ikmal Aizam Azwani, Muhammad Nur Farhan Sutarman, Muhammad Arif Aiman Mohd Rasol Ambia, Farizuwan Baharom, Nor Azuwan Hafifi Md Akhir, Mohamad Firdaues Azwani, Affandy Hardey, Muhamad Imran Abdullah and Mohammad Kahirul Azhar Abdullah.
They allegedly committed the offence at Lot 3576, Kampung Indian Settlement, Jalan Bunga Raya 3, Batu Caves, between 2017 and 2019.
They face between five to 20 years in jail if convicted.
Meanwhile, the 19th man, Mohamad Yusuf Mat Nasir, was charged under Section 130W of the Penal Code for allegedly assisting the gang members at Warta Lama Pasar Borong Selayang between Dec 22 and Dec 23, 2017.
He faces a maximum 10 years in jail upon conviction.
No plea was recorded as the charges were under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad did not offer bail and asked the court to fix the same mention date for all of the accused.
Judge Syafeera Mohd Said fixed Oct 9 for mention.
Family members gathered outside of the court room to catch a glimpse of the accused.
Some bid tearful goodbyes to sons, husbands and fathers who were ferried away in police trucks to Sungai Buloh prison.
It was reported that "Geng Emi Keju" was toppled recently following a three-year surveillance by the police.
The leader and his gang members were detained separately in special operations conducted by Selangor police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Bukit Aman’s CID Organised Crime Investigation (D14).
The gang, which was formed in 2013, was headed by its ring leader who goes by the nickname of "Emi Keju".
The 32-year-old was arrested in June.
It is said that Emi Keju was a former student of Henry Gurney School, a juvenile detention centre in Melaka.
The police had described him as a highly intelligent leader.
Emi Keju recruited more than 25 members, which included his three younger brothers as well as his close friends.
Federal CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed reportedly said the gang evolved from a small-time armed robbery gang using machetes to target individuals to possessing firearms to rob goldsmith shops in supermarkets and cash-laden security vans.
He said to date, the gang was believed to have committed more than 50 armed robberies with loot estimated to be over RM4mil.