KUALA LUMPUR: Two more individuals who were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) over alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group were charged yesterday.
Melaka local authority councillor V. Suresh Kumar, 43, and B. Subramaniam, 57, were each charged with giving support to LTTE through social media under the usernames of Rocketsuresh Dap and UsSubra Subramaniam respectively.
Both nodded to show they understood the charges, which were read in Malay and Tamil by court interpreters before Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi.
Suresh Kumar and Subramaniam were charged under Section 130J (1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment for life, or for a jail term not exceeding 30 years, or with fine; and shall also be liable to forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used in connection with the offence, upon conviction.
According to the charge sheet, Subramaniam and Suresh Kumar was allegedly found to have committed the offence at the office of the investigation officer of the Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) at the Bukit Aman police headquarters on Oct 7 and 11,2019, respectively.
Following the charging of the two, all 12 individuals arrested over alleged links with the militant group recently have been brought to the courts in five states.
Meanwhile, the other 10 individuals, including Melaka’s Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran, were slapped with additional charges related to alleged links to LTTE in front of three different judges at the Sessions Court.
Gunasekaran, 60, was charged with supporting LTTE through his social media account under the name of Dap Guna Palaisamy.
He was charged under Section 131J (1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment for life, or for a jail term not exceeding 30 years, or with fine; and shall also be liable to forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used in connection with the offence, upon conviction.
Scrap metal dealer A. Kalaimughilan, 28, meanwhile was charged with distributing LTTE-linked materials at a hall in Wisma Tun Sambanthan between 8pm to 11.30pm on March 17,2014.
Kalaimughilan was charged under Section 130JB (1)(b) which carries a maximum jail term of seven years or fine, and the items should be forfeited, upon conviction.
In another court before Sessions Court judge Azman Ahmad, five men were also separately charged for supporting LTTE through their social media accounts.
S. Thanagaraj, 26, S. Arivainthan, 27, M. Pumugan, 29, S. Chandru, 38, and R. Sundram, 52, all said that they understood the charge, which was framed under Section 130J (1)(a) of the Penal Code.
According to the charge sheets, 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 have committed the offence between Jan 11 and Oct 11,2019 at the Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) office in Bukit Aman.
Earlier in the day, Saminathan, 34, V. Balamurugan, 37, S.Teeran, 38, and Kalaimughilan were each charged with supporting LTTE through their social media account under the names of Gsami Nanthan Siva, Balamurugan Veerasamy, Tammil Kannamah, and Kalai Mugilan respectively.
The charges, framed under Section 130J (1)(a) of the Penal Code, were read before Sessions Court judge Rozina Ayob.
They were alleged to have committed the offence between Oct 8 and Oct 9,2019 at the office of the investigation officer of the Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) at the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
Despatch rider Teeran was also charged under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the same law with possession of LTTE-linked items at the carpark of Mandarin Pacific Hotel, Jalan Sultan here on Oct 10,2019.
Meanwhile, Kalaimughilan was also slapped with one count of giving support to LTTE on YouTube, framed under Section 130J (1)(a) of the Penal Code, an offence which he allegedly committed on June 2,2014.He was also charged under the same section for allegedly giving support to LTTE on March 17,2015 at Wisma Tun Sambanthan here.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad and Aslinda Ahad did not offer bail for all charges, as all were detained under Sosma.
Lawyer and Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, who was representing several of the individuals including Seremban Jaya and Gadek assemblymen, argued that the provision under Sosma was unconstitutional and that the accused should be released under bail.