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Datuk Seri Claims Trial To Rioting Charge

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GEORGE TOWN – A Datuk Seri and 11 others have claimed trial in a magistrate’s court to a charge of rioting at an entertainment outlet.

Businessman Loh Peng Kok, who turns 36 in a few days, and the others were alleged to have committed the offence in a room at the entertainment outlet at a shopping centre in Burma Road at 3.58am on March 18.

Loh got his award, which carries the title of ‘Datuk Seri’ from Sultan of Pahang in 2016.

Those charged in court yesterday were Curtis Veeran, 19, J. Shathees­waran, 24, Muhamad Naim Abdull Rahman, 18, N. Kartigk, 26, Ng Hao Ning, 29, and Siow Pier Sheng, 24.

The rest are Tan Ban Chuan, 46, Tan Kai Chong, 21, Tan Teong Boon, 24, Teoh Chee Seng, 36, and Teoh Kim Teik, 20. They were all charged under Section 147 of the Penal Code.

Defence counsel R. S. N. Rayer represented the 12 accused.

Although it is a non-bailable offence, Rayer said: “We appeal to the court to grant bail as a person is innocent until proven guilty. Moreover, all the accused have dependants.”

Rayer proposed to the court to allow bail of RM2,000 per person.

Mohamad Amin set bail at RM3,000 per person in one surety and fixed May 5 for mention.

All the accused posted bail. – The Star Online

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