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33 charged for being members of organised crime group

KLANG: Tense atmosphere enveloped the Klang Sessions Court, here this morning, as 33 suspects linked to the notorious ‘Gang 24 Apache’, were charged with being part of an organised crime group.
Another accused was charged with providing financial assistance to the group.
The accused’s arrived at the court complex at 8.15am in three police trucks, escorted by about 100 heavily-armed policemen, equipped with submachine guns.
Some 80 people, believed to be family members of the accused’s, began gathering outside the court complex as early as 8am to follow proceedings.
In the court, it was crowded as well as family members and members of the media jostled for the available space, even though the proceeding involving the accused case convened at 12.20pm.
The accused charged today were K. Parameswaran, V. Mohana Sunder, S. Vijayaraj, P. Vijaya Lingam, K. Uvarajan, R. Thiyagarajan Raja Kumar, G. Siva, M. Nagendran, G. Murali, P. Ravi, C. Velasamy, S. Bubalan, Tan Jian Bin, S. Puvaneswaran, M. Sugumaran, John Simon J. Gillapan, R. Jigentan, M. Baskaran, K. Purusothman, R. Karthigeyan, K. Sriteran, P. Krishna Raj, R. Gajenaran, L. Gunasegaran, A. Indra Kumar, B. Sivabalan, T. Mogan, A. Thangaraj, M. Mageswaran, M. Sarawanan, C. Chellappan and A. Surian.
They were charged under Section 130V of the Penal Code for being a member of an organised criminal group in Klang between Jan 1, 2015 and August, 2017.
If convicted under this section, they could face up to a maximum 20 year jail sentence.
Meanwhile, K. Ponmani, 35, the sole women linked to the group was charged under Section 130W for assisting the gang in providing them with financial help from Jan 1, 2015 to July 26, 2017. She is said to committed the offence at 53, Lorong Delima 4A, Bandar Parkland, here.
She faces up to a maximum of 10 years jail term if convicted.
All the accused’s aged between 26 and 44 years, nodded once the charge was read out in Tamil and Mandarin by court appointed translators R. Latha Devi and Lim Boon Sun before Sessions Court judge Suzana Hussin.
No plea was recorded from none of the accused’s. The accused’s were also denied bail.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam and Mohd Izhanudin Alias prosecuted while Gerard Lazarus, S. Pasir, K. Their and Zaleha Al-Hayat represented some of the accused.
The court fixed September 14 for the next mention of the case.
As the accused’s were escorted out of the courtroom, some family members were seen wailing while others were heard saying “he is not at fault”. Some of the accused themselves were in tears and one was heard saying “take good care of her (mother).”

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