CEO claims trial to charges of terror links


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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

Ongoing case: Chandru leaving the High Court in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Melaka Green Technology Corporation chief executive officer S. Chandru has pleaded not guilty in the High Court here to three charges linked to the LTTE terrorist group.

He claimed trial after all the charges were read out to him in Malay before judge Datuk Aslam Zainuddin yesterday.

On the first charge, Chandru, 38, was accused of giving support to LTTE during a function at Dewan Kasturi Ayer Keroh in Jalan Utama, Taman Ayer Keroh Heights, Melaka, here from 8.30pm to 10.50pm on Nov 28, 2018.

He was charged with committing a similar offence on Facebook under the name “Chandru Supramaniam” at the office of an E8 (M) Counter-Terrorism investigating officer, Bukit Aman Special Branch, here at about 9am on Oct 11 last year.

On the third count, Chandru was charged with possession of items related to LTTE in a Samsung Galaxy A10 mobile phone in Kampung Bukit Balai, Alor Gajah, Melaka, at 10.25am on Oct 12 last year.

The charge of giving support to the terrorist group was framed under Section 130J (1)(a) of the Penal Code, which provides imprisonment for life, or for up to 30 years, or with a fine, and shall also be liable to forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used in connection with the commission of the offence, if found guilty.

The other charge with possession of items linked to LTTE was framed under Section 130JB (1)(a) of the same law, which provides imprisonment for up to seven years, or with a fine, and shall also be liable to forfeiture of the items concerned if found guilty.

Aslam allowed the prosecution’s application for all the cases to be tried together and set June 8-11, July 6-9 and Aug 24-27 for the hearing. He also fixed Feb 19 for case management.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi, while Chandru was represented by lawyer Ramkarpal Singh.

Earlier, the Sessions Court here and in Melaka allowed the prosecution’s application for the cases to be transferred to the Kuala Lumpur High Court. — Bernama

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