KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 2020 : Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan and seven others were today acquitted and discharged from charges related to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group.
Four separate high courts here gave the order after a deputy public prosecutor informed them that Attorney General Tommy Thomas had instructed for proceedings against all the accused be discontinued.
The seven other accused are technician S. Arivainthan, 28; security guard, M. Pumugan, 30; DAP member, V. Suresh Kumar, 44; Melaka Green Technology Corporation chief executive officer, S. Chandru, 39; teacher, Sundram Renggan @ Rengasamy, 53; scrap metal collector, A. Kalaimughilan, 29 and despatch rider, S. Teeran, 39.
All of them were charged with knowingly supporting the LTTE terrorist group through the Facebook application and attending the group’s related events.
The charge, under Section 130J (1) (a) of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail term of 30 years, or a fine, and forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used for the offence, upon conviction.
Some of them were also charged with possessing LTTE-related items under Section 130JB (1) (a) of the Penal Code which provides for a maximum jail term of seven years, or a fine, and forfeiture of any of the items if convicted.
On Monday (Feb 24), Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaren and taxi driver V. Balamurugan were also acquitted and discharged from the same charges.
There are now only two other accused related to LTTE in custody that are storekeeper, S. Thanagaraj, 27, and businessman B. Subramaniam, 58,.
All of the accused were detained under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and were placed in Sungai Buloh prison pending their trials. Under Sosma they were denied bail.
Thomas in a statement on Feb 21 said proceedings against the accused needed to be discontinued on the grounds that there was no realistic prospect of conviction for any of them.