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Himpunan Hijau leader, 14 others told to enter defence over Lynas illegal assembly charge

The Sessions Court ordered Himpunan Hijau leader Wong Tack and 14 others to enter their defence for taking part in an illegal assembly and using force to protest against a rare earth plant in Gebeng in 2014.
Wong, 58, along with nine others - Raymond Ng Abdullah, 42; Rapar Ahmad, 47; Ta Weng Seng, 40; Hew Kuan Yau, 47; Lee Khai Ming, 40; Tan Chee Hooi, 41; Zamri Zonal, 29; Thomas Wang, 58; and Chong Kong Yuen, 67 - were alleged to have participated in an unlawful gathering to protest against the operations of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) despite orders by Kuantan district police chief Assistant Commisioner Abdul Aziz Salleh to disperse.
The 10 were alleged to have committed the offence in Jalan Bandaran, Gebeng, between 4pm and 5.30pm on June 22.
Five others - Phua Kia Yaw, 46; Wong Chee Wen, 47; Wong Chee Wai, 38; Foong Poh Choo, 39; and Ho Kam Huat, 50, were charged with using force to barge through a police blockade, which was set up following instructions from Aziz at the same place and time.
Ho faced a second charge of using criminal force to prevent a public servant from discharging his duties by kicking and scratching Detective Corporal Isaher @ Azhar Abd Hamid in an attempt to resist arrest at the same place and time.
Judge Datuk Unaizah Mohd fixed July 21 and August 28 and 29 for the defence stage of the trial.
Deputy public prosecutor Faridz Gohim Abdullah prosecuted while counsel Mohd Haijan Omar acted for all the accused.

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