Tight security at court where gang members were charged.
There was heavy police presence at the entrances and barricades at the exit points at the courtroom throughout the proceedings on Oct 9 when 27 people, including a Datuk Seri and a Datuk were charged with being members of the notorious Gang 24.
Family members who filled the public gallery were asked to vacate the first row to distance the accused from the public, The Star reported.
Seated near the dock was 55-year-old businessman Datuk Seri Ng Chian Sia, who was charged on Feb 20 along with 21 others with being members of Gang 24 between Jan 1, 2015, and Jan 29 this year.
The others charged were Bee Hooi Siang, 44; Chee Chia Heng, 32; Eee Ching Hock, 44; Goh Chun Shien, 36; Jeremy Cheng Yee Fun, 34; Lee Chew Hong, 40; Lim Leong Huat, 27; Mah Chee Seng, 46; Ng Ah Boey, 45; Song Wai Hon, 33; Tan Soo Ching, 36; Tang Soon Poh, 24; Tee Swee Chin, 31; Teh Hang Beng, 38; Teng Kok How, 26; Teng Kok Loon, 29; Teoh Chin Yeow, 24; Teoh Jong Yow, 36; Yeoh Choon Hin, 37; Yeoh Choon Hong, 45; and Yeong Kah Man, 26.
Their case, which was initially transferred to Kuala Lumpur, returned to be heard in Penang along with the case of five other accused who were individually charged with a similar offence on May 29 at the Penang Sessions’ Court.
The five were Datuk Koh Thiam Hua, 38; Chan Yi Heng, 22; Harry Tan Cheng Yu, 31; Lim Boon Hooi, 40; and Toh Kae Luen, 26.
DPP Lim Cheah Yit told the court that some of the documents were not ready pending forensic and expert’s reports, following which High Court Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh fixed Nov 13 for document submission.
All the 27 accused face a jail sentence of between five and 20 years if convicted under Section 130V(1) of the Penal Code.
Geng Pak Su
Meanwhile, in Alor Star, 20 members of Geng Pak Su were brought to court also amidst heavy police guard.
The men, aged between 18 and 56, arrived at the Alor Star Court Complex at 9.30am.
Their family members who waited outside the Sessions Court since 9am were heard shouting to the men to cover their faces when members of the media tried to photograph them.
However, none of the family members were allowed to enter the courtroom to follow the court proceedings.
In the dock were Amirul Ashraf Hussain, 20; Aziz Othman, 56, Azlyshah Romli, 33; Fairus Hafiz Mohd Yusoff, 24; Faizal Muhamad Asrun Amir Hussain, 23; Faizol Sobri Romli, 29; Joni Yakub, 37; M Murugan, 36; Mohamad Rozaidi Sabu, 26; Mohd Norhizam Zamzuri, 29; Muhamad Amir Daud, 22; Muhamad Ashraf Aziz, 23; Muhammad Khairul Azhar Ghazali, 21; Muhammad Luqman Hakim Zainal, 18; Norhasrul Izwan Noraini, 33; Nur Arif Norzaidi, 19; Rosli Ariffin, 40; Sariman Idris, 42; Shamsol Long, 45; and Zamzuri Aziz, 22.
The men, clad in long pants and t-shirts, were calm when the charges were read to each of them.
They were charged for allegedly being involved in Geng Pak Su under Section 130V (1) of the Penal Code, (Act 574) which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years.
Sixteen of them were charged with being members of an organised crime gang between Jan 1, 2015, and Sept 11, 2017.
Shamsol and Zamzuri were charged for their involvement between Jan 1, 2015, and Sept 12, 2017, while Khairul Azhar and Rozaidi were allegedly involved in the gang from Jan 1, 2015, until Sept 13, 2017.
All of the men nodded in understanding but no plea was recorded.
No bail was offered as the offence is non-bailable.
The court fixed Nov 20 for case mention.
Aziz was represented by counsel G Ravishankar while the rest was not represented.
On Sept 26, the leader of the underworld gang, Pak Su or Johari Ariffin, 35, along with his three right-hand men, Norazif Ahmad, 37, Rosidi Aziz, 35, and Shahadan Salim, 38, appeared at the Sessions Court to face charges for their involvement in the organised gang between Jan 1 2015 and Aug 30 this year.