GEORGE TOWN: Sixteen men, including an immigration officer, were accused at a Sessions Court here on Thursday (July 2) of being involved in organised crime.
The suspects were Kedah Immigration officer Mohamad Jafnizal Mohammad Jafferi, Syed Husen Syed Ahmed, Mohd Ayas Abd Hussain, Omar Rashid, Mohammad Rafik Abdul Kasim, Mohamad Ayub Sunail, Karim Oli Ahmad, Shamsul Alam Zakaria, Abdullah@Maung Hla Wing, Mohammad Rashid Mohd Shobir, Nor Mustafa Kaloo, Mohd Hashim Osi Rahman, Mohamad Zubir Abd Shukur, Nur Mohamed Mugul Ahmed, Mohiddin Mohd Rafiq and Amran Che Man.
They were charged under Section 130V (1) of the Penal Code, which is non-bailable.
If found guilty, they can be jailed between five and 20 years.
The suspects, aged between 26 and 55, were charged with being members of Geng Husen Maungdaw between September 2019 and June 17 this year.
When the charges were read to them before Sessions Court judge Norsalha Hamzah by a court interpreter, all of the accused nodded in acknowledgment.
However, no plea was recorded.
The judge fixed Sept 8 for mention of the case.
Deputy public prosecutor Yusaini Amer Abdul Karim prosecuted,
While Y. Anbananthan, Datuk Naran Singh, Mohd Rafiee Noordin, Abdul Rahim Md Yusuf, Norizan Yaacub, P. Selvaraj and V. Parthipan represented some of the accused.