Court denies dispatch rider bail for having items linked to LTTE

by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA

SEGAMAT – A despatch rider, S. Teeran who was charged with supporting and possessing items linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last month, was denied bail by the Sessions Court here today.

Sessions judge, Rasidah Roslee, who made the decision before the 38-year-old accused, had heard arguments from the defence counsel of the applicant A. Mathan and Deputy Public Prosecutor Suriani Ujang.

Rasidah, in her judgement, said she agreed with Suriani’s argument that a bail could not be given especially involving cases of public interest and national security.

She said the duty of the Sessions Court too was to mention and manage the case before it was transferred to the High Court.

As such, she said the application for bail should be submitted to the High Court which had the jurisdiction to decide on such cases.

The application of bail was made by the counsel on the claim that his client had spinal problem and had undergone a surgery in July and would need three to six months to recover.

Earlier, Suriani said the application for bail should be rejected since the accused was charged under a case involving public interest and national security, other than dismissing the accused’s medical report as it was from a private hospital, namely, Oriental Melaka Straits Medical Centre.

She said the Sessions Court did not have the power to decide on the bail application as it was not under the jurisdiction of the court.

The court then fixed mention for Dec 19 for the management of the case and the forensic report.

On Oct 29, Teran, who was attached to a law firm here, was charged with supporting and possessing items linked to LTTE.

The accused was charged with perpetrating the act at 6.30 pm at, Jalan Genuang, Kampung Paya Pulai here on Oct 10.

He was charged under Section 130 JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code which provided jail up to seven years or fine and the confiscation of the items (linked to LTTE).