Fourteen people, including four Chinese nationals, were charged at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court with being members of an organised crime group called “Geng Nicky”.
Among the 16 charged:
- 11 Malaysians, 5 Chinese nationals
- Datuk Seri Nicky Liow and his Chinese national wife charged in absentia
- Five “Datuks”, including Liow’s two brothers
- Court denied bail to all the accused
The group arrived at the Petaling Jaya courthouse via a police pickup truck at about 7.30am and were heavily guarded by a unit from the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (STAFOC).
The police, armed with automatic weapons and wearing their full tactical gear, ushered the 14 into the lockup room before they were taken to the Sessions Court located on the third floor of the building.
Among the 14 are 10 Malaysians – Lee Han Keat, Lee Kam Onn, Datuk Lee Kum Wong, Datuk Liow Wei Kin, Datuk Liow Wei Loon, Eee Eng Chee, Dr Jovian Joris Tan Chern Chian, Datuk Loo Siew Chin, Lim Kang Li and Datuk Seri Andrew Lim Kim Ming.
Wei Kin and Wei Loon are siblings to the fugitive businessman Datuk Seri Nicky Liow Soon Hee who is also the leader of the group.
Lim Kim Ming, an auditor, was charged under Section 130W of the Penal Code with assisting an organised crime group. He faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The four Chinese nationals are Gu Xing Qiong, Jiang Xue, Huang Lei and his wife Wang Yu Jun.
The accused were chained together inside the dock and said ‘understood’ when the charges were read to them before judge Jamaludin Mat.
However, no pleas were recorded from them.
According to the charge sheet, 13 of them were charged under Section 130V(1) of the Penal Code for being a member of organised crime group named Gang Nicky near SetiaWalk between January 2017 and March 2021.
If found guilty, they can be sentenced to between five and 20 years in jail.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Kamal Baharin Omar asked the court not to impose bail against all accused, in accordance to Section 13 of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
The prosecution also asked the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Liow and his Chinese national wife, Niu Zhe, who have been on the run.
The court denied bail to all the accused and fixed April 22 for mention.
The DPP team consisted of Kamal Baharin Omar, Mohamad Mustaffa Kunyalam, Rohaiza Abd Rahman, Mohd Izharudin Alias and Mohd Farhan Aliff Ahmad.
The defence counsel consisted of Datuk Rajpal Singh, Salim Bashir, Datuk Krishnan Nair, M Hafiz Zainol Abidin, Salehuddin Salleh and Datuk Jensen Chua.
The suspects will be placed in detention at the Sungai Buloh Prison for two weeks until the case’s mention date on April 22.