KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 2020 : DAP’s Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan was charged in the High Court here today with giving support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) via his Facebook account.
Saminathan, 35 pleaded not guilty to the charge, which was read to him in Tamil before Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin.
He was alleged to have supported the LTTE terrorist group on Facebook under the name of ‘Gsami Nathan Siva’ at the Bukit Aman Special Branch Investigations Division E8 (M) Counter-Terrorism Office at 9.30 pm on Oct 8, last year.
The charge was framed under Section 130J (1) (a) of the Penal Code which provides for a sentence of life imprisonment or a maximum imprisonment of 30 years or a fine and forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used for the offence, upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Firdaus Abu Hanipah informed the court that the accused had another case related to the LTTE in a different High Court, which was to be mentioned on Feb 11.
He applied for the same date of mention for today’s case of which the court agreed.
Saminathan had on Jan 20 pleaded not guilty to the charge of possessing LTTE-related items in his cellphone at the office of Melaka Unity, Human Resources and Consumer Afairs Committee, in the Chief Minister’s Office, Kompleks Seri Negeri, Melaka, at 10.25 am on Oct 10, 2019.
He was also charged with supporting the terrorist group at an event in Dewan Kasturi Air Keroh, Jalan Utama, Taman Ayer Keroh Heights, Melaka, between 8.30 am and 10.50 pm on Nov 28, 2018.