KUALA LUMPUR – Eighteen men were charged in the Sessions Court here today with becoming members of an organised criminal group known as “Geng 08”, which is believed responsible for several serious crimes, including murder and robbery, reported in the federal capital since three years ago.
They are R.Nagarajan, R.Ganesh, K.Ron Raniel, K.Baramuruli, V. Anith Kumar, P. Sharveswaran, R. Alagendran Pillai, S. Kanagadran, M. Satish Varman, S. Shashi Kumar, G. Thiagu, S. Pandian, C. Navin Naidu, M. Neriendran, V. Shasi Kumar, B. Seleveraj, M. Parwin dan L. Pravin Kumar, aged between 19 and 38.
All of them were charged with becoming members of the organised criminal gang here between Jan 1, 2015 and April 8 this year.
The charge, under Section 130V(1) of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years, if found guilty.
They nodded after the charge was read out to them in Tamil before judge Datuk Zainal Abidin Kamarudin, but no plea was recorded as the case come under the jurisdiction of the High Court.
The men were also not allowed bail as they were detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Fadzlan Mohd Noor, while lawyers Najib Zakaria, K.Komagan, Yeoh Siang Thing, Harpal Singh, M. Yoshini, K.Muralidharan and S. Narasimhan represented 11 of the accused.
The remaining seven accused were unrepresented.
The court set June 25 for mention. – BERNAMA