Five slapped with additional charges over alleged LTTE links


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Five men who were arrested earlier this month for alleged links to terrorist organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been slapped with another charge at the Sessions Court here on Thursday (Oct 31).

S. Thanagaraj, S. Arivainthan, M. Pumugan, S. Chandru, and R. Sundram all said that they understood the charge after it was read in front of Sessions Court judge Azman Ahmad.

All five were charged under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries a life imprisonment or a period of not more than 30 years or a fine, and any assets used to commit the offence shall be seized, upon conviction.

According to the charge sheet, the five had with their full knowledge given support to LTTE via their social media accounts.

They were previously charged on Oct 29 with various offences related to supporting the LTTE.

Thanagaraj, Arivainthan, Pumugan, Chandru, and Sundram had allegedly given support to LTTE using the accounts under the name Tamilrasan Sivam, Ariventhan Subramaniam, Pumugan Tamilan, Chandru Suparmaniam, and Elilan Elilan respectively.

They were said to have been found to commit the offence between Jan 11 and Oct 11,2019, at the Counter Terrorism Division (E8) office in Bukit Aman police headquarters.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad did not offer bail as all five were arrested under Security Offences Special Measures Act (Sosma) 2012.

Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh who was representing Arivainthan and Chandru, and lawyer R. Kirthiraj who was representing Thanagaraj, Pumugam, and Sundram, however, argued that the provision under Sosma was unconstitutional and that the accused should be released under bail.

Judge Azman fixed Friday (Nov 1) for the submission hearing.

The five men and seven others, including Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran, were detained by the Counter Terrorism Division (E8) on Oct 10 and 12 in various parts of the country.

All 12 were detained under Security Offences and Special Measures Act (Sosma) 2012 for alleged links to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka was embroiled in a 26-year civil war between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan military, only ending with the defeat of LTTE in May 2009.

Between 80,000 and 100,000 people were estimated to have been killed in the conflict.

Over the years, several arrests by authorities against individuals said to be supporting the LTTE have been made.

In Malaysia, LTTE is considered a terrorist organisation under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act in February 2014.

Sri Lanka, the United States, the European Union, Canada, and India have also labelled the LTTE a terrorist group.

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