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SHAH ALAM (Dec 5, 2007): Five more people were charged with taking part in an illegal gathering in a temple in Batu Caves as the court proceedings against 26 people arrested yesterday, proceeded here today. The 31 were hauled to court over their alleged participation in the assembly organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), at the Sri Subramaniam temple in
"There is more to come. The police are out looking for the rest," Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani (ABOVE) Patail told sessions court judge Azimah Omar who allowed the case of the five to be heard together with that of the 26. The 26 were charged with attempted murder, criminal damage to property, illegal assembly and rioting. The five men produced in court today were charged with illegal assembly, criminal damage to property and failing to comply with police order to disperse. The defence team, comprising more than 10 lawyers, returned today to argue on the bail application after the 26 were initially charged yesterday.
One of the leading lawyers in the team, G.K.Ganesan (ABOVE) raised five points of objection, saying:
> the threshold territorial jurisdiction was not complied with;
> the procedures adopted by the A-G's Chambers was not in line with the Criminal Procedure Code;
> facts in the charges were misleading and will occasion in the failure of justice;
> the Attorney-General cannot 'roll-up' or couple the charges; and
> the attempted murder charge is a serious breach of the constitutional rights under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.
Ganesan told the judge this is the first time in the history of the country that an unlawful assembly has been charged with attempted murder.
"This is not a good thing. The Bar Council has great anxiety that future gatherings under Article 10, the right to assemble, will see this charge as an overt threat," said Ganesan.
He said the message sent to the people is that if one is to gather in a place of worship and an incident occurs whereby someone is injured, those attending the gathering might be charged with attempted murder. He called on the court to look into the matter seriously as those accused would have a difficulty in defending themselves against such charges. On the framing of the attempted murder charge, under Section 307 of the Penal Code, Ganesan said it was a very long charge, which alleged there was an intention by the accused to cause the death of a police personnel.
He said the charge does not specifically state the extent of injuries suffered by the personnel and who among the accused had that intention.
Ganesan appealed to the court to strike out the attempted murder charge due to the absence of specifying the details of the alleged offence.
Hindraf rally: 26 charged with attempted murder for attack on cop
By : A. Hafiz Yatim and V. Shankar Ganesh, NST
SHAH ALAM: In the strongest move yet against supporters of the Hindu Rights Action Front (Hindraf), 26 of them were yesterday charged with attempted murder. This comes a week after they were charged with illegal assembly and rioting at the Selayang court. All the accused, between the ages of 18 and 45, were picked up by the police from their homes in the
Below Colorful Batu Cave entrance on the morning of Nov 25 07
They were brought to the
Both offences took place in front of the Sri Subramaniam temple at Jalan Besar,
ABOVE: the stone that went inside the parked car and BELOW: The side windscreen that was smashed (RM60 replacement) RM40 labour cost to repair
They were represented by a team of 17 lawyers led by G.K. Ganesan and M. Manoharan from the Bar Council. Manoharan also informed the court that none of the 26 accused was given food or drink when the police picked them up from their homes. There was also a shouting match during proceedings when Manoharan submitted the attendance of Abdul Gani may intimidate Sessions Court judge Azimah Omar who was hearing the case. Abdul Gani said the defence should not make this an issue and also not insinuate that race was an issue.
Azimah assured Manoharan she was undaunted by Abdul Gani's presence and that she was only interested in seeing that justice was done. Abdul Gani objected to bail as the offence for attempted murder and causing mischief were non-bailable. Ganesan said the defence was not prepared to submit on the issue of bail and asked that the matter be heard today. Manoharan pointed out that there were irregularities to the charges framed by the prosecution, but was unprepared to submit on the matter and asked for a postponement. Azimah allowed the matter to be heard today while the accused remain under detention.
Before proceedings ended, there was a tiff among the defence lawyers when P. Uthayakumar (legal adviser to Hindraf) told the court that the charges were malicious and that the Indian community was being persecuted while no such treatment was dished out to supporters of the coalition for clean and fair elections, known as Bersih. Supporters of Bersih held a rally on Nov 10 before presenting a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. At this juncture, lawyer Jaspal Singh, stood up and told the court that he did not agree with Uthayakumar's argument and he was discharging himself from this case. He alleged that Uthayakumar was causing more problems for all 26 accused. Jaspal left the court room followed by counsel Suraj Singh and Jaya Murugan. Outside court, a Light Strike Force team was on standby as there was a large crowd of family members and friends who were denied entry.
No untoward incidents were reported.
• S. Ganishen, 39
• K. Raju, 45
• A.R. Sakthivel, 34
• K. Ganapathy, 38
• R.K. Sukumaran, 24
• S. Kumaran, 23
• B. Varatharaju, 32
• M. Kuna Sekaran, 24
• V. Ganeson, 40
• L. Thiyagarajan, 33
• S. Gunaa, 21
• K. Thinagaranpillay, 23
• N. Balamohan, 23
• K. Gopinath, 27
• M.R. Suresh, 24
• M.K. Suman, 20
• M. Buwenthiran, 24
• M. Pushparathan, 21
• S. Tamil Arasu, 26
• N. Ramasamy, 43
• S. Ramesh Kumar, 22
• R. Puspanathan, 19
• S. Mugilan Dever, 20
• G. Thinesh Kumar, 19
• T. Kunalan, 38
• S. Sures, 18
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Prosecution and defence teams trade words during tense proceedings
SHAH ALAM: It was a dramatic start to the trial of 26 people alleged to be Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) supporters in a packed and heavily-guarded Sessions Court (ABOVE) here yesterday as a high-powered prosecution team crossed swords with a huge group of defence lawyers. The suspects, detained by police in Batu Caves on Nov 25, claimed trial to various charges including taking part in an illegal assembly and causing damage to public property during the tense proceedings tinged with racial overtones.
# They were also charged with using criminal force on a policeman with intent to cause death.
# Seventeen lawyers (ABOVE, 4 of them shown) appeared for the defence.
# Three volunteer lawyers from the Bar Council for the defence discharged themselves after one of them, Rajpal Singh, disagreed with Hindraf lawyer P. Uthayakumar’s racial slant.
# Judge Azimah Omar told the defence lawyers not to be emotional.
SHAH ALAM: Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail made a personal appearance at the Sessions Court here to lay charges against 26 people who allegedly took part in an illegal gathering at the
The high-powered prosecution team comprised Abdul Ghani, A-G’s Chambers’ prosecution head Datuk Yusof Zainal Abiden and Selangor prosecution chief Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman. The 26 were charged with being in an illegal assembly and using criminal force on policeman Dadi Abdul Rani with the intent of causing death, under Section 149 of the Penal Code that was punishable under Section 307 of the same code.
They were also charged with participating in an illegal assembly and causing damage to public property. Both are non-bailable charges. Ten of them claimed trial to a main charge under Section 27 (5) of the Police Act 1967 and an alternative charge under Section 143 of the Penal Code for taking part in an illegal assembly.
A drama started at the outset of the proceedings when three volunteer lawyers from the Bar Council discharged themselves after one of them had a fallout with Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) lawyer P. Uthayakumar.
Later, Abdul Ghani said the accused were all charged under non-bailable charges and that Judge Azimah Omar had to hear all arguments before using her discretion to allow them bail. Azimah agreed and adjourned the case to today and ordered the accused to be held in police custody.
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No letter from police so Bersih 10 fail to show up
KUALA LUMPUR: The 10 people who were told by the police to appear at the magistrate’s court yesterday to be charged with taking part in the Nov 10 Bersih gathering did not turn up. They did not have letters instructing them to do so, said one of their lawyers. Zulqarnain Lukman, who is one of the coordinating lawyers, said that the 10 only received phone calls from an ASP Yahya from the Dang Wangi police station telling them to show up. “But it was just phone calls and nothing in black and white,” he said. Zulqarnain said that their police bail, however, expires only on Dec 10. “The police called to speed up the date and asked the 10 to come to court (yesterday). But this was only verbal so it depends on what their lawyers’ advise them to do,” he added.
There are two to three other lawyers acting for the 10 men, he said. “I was on standby today by the phone. If one of them had shown up at the court, I would have gone there but none did,” he added. Zulqarnain said he had been in touch with the chairman of the PAS legal bureau, Haniffa Mydin, who told him that from past experience with illegal gatherings, if the accused did not show up in court, the police would then issue a warrant of arrest. Most of the 10 were said to be PAS members from the unit amal and were responsible for managing the crowd during the Nov 10 gathering that did not have a police permit.
Bersih 10 set to be charged
By SHAHANAAZ HABIB
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