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Assemblyman, 4 others plead not guilty to LTTE-linked charges

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KUALA LUMPUR: Five men, including an assemblyman, pleaded not guilty here today to several charges related to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) terrorist group.

Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan, 36, scrap metal dealer A Kalaimughilan, 29, technician S Arivainthan, 28, postman S Teeran, 39, and teacher R Sundram, 53, made the pleas in three separate courtrooms of the High Court after the charges were read to them in Tamil.

Saminathan, Teeran and Sundram were charged with one count each, while Kalaimughilan was charged with two counts of possessing LTTE-related items at different locations in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, and Rawang and Telok Panglima Garang in Selangor between Oct 10 and 12 last year.

They were charged under Section 130JB (1) (a) of the Penal Code, which provides for a maximum jail term of seven years, or a fine, and forfeiture of the items, upon conviction.

Arivainthan and Teeran were also charged with supporting LTTE through Facebook postings in October 2018.

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