Temple Riots: 19 Remanded, Including Three One City Employees

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The magistrate’s court here has issued a remand order for between two and five days against 19 individuals, including three employees of One City Development Sdn Bhd (One City), to help in investigations into the commotion at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ25 in Subang Jaya on Monday (Nov 26).

Ham Abu Bakar

Magistrate Nor Ariffin Hisham on Tuesday (Nov 27) issued the order against the suspects, aged between 18 and 49, to facilitate police investigations under Sections 148, 427, 435 and 447 of the Penal Code.

Section 148 concerns the possession of weapons or missile at a riot, while Section 427 deals with committing mischief and thereby causing damage to the amount of RM25,000 or more.

Section 435 is on mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage to the amount of RM25,000 or more, and Section 447 is on criminal trespass.

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who represented two One City employees aged 48 and 46, said his clients were remanded for two days, starting today.

“The police had requested a seven-day remand period, but were granted only two days over my clients,” Haniff Khatri said.

The remand for the duo expires midnight tomorrow.

The third One City employee was remanded four days and was represented by another lawyer Rafique Rashid Ali.

The lawyers said the magistrate gave an order for the remaining 16 to be remanded for five days from today.

Three of the 16, who were unrepresented, are currently hospitalised and are being watched by the police.

One City Development Bhd owns the land on which the Seafield temple sits. Attempts to relocate the temple led to clashes and rioting in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday.

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Nov 27, One City Reiterates It Had Nothing to Do with Temple Fracas

Nov 26, Riot Breaks Out over Relocation of Subang Jaya Temple