Seafield temple issue: Police get nod from DPP to charge 21 people

Police have received instructions from the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) to charge 21 people in connection with last month’s riots at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ25, Subang Jaya.

Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said so far police had prepared 67 investigation papers and arrested 106 people to assist in their probe.

“All 21 people will be charged in stages and so far 13 have been prosecuted.

“Most of them have been charged under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting and Section 325 of the same code for causing serious injuries,” he told a press conference after witnessing ACP Nurulhuda Mohd Salleh taking office as the new Klang Utara district police chief.

Earlier, in Petaling Jaya, nine people, including a college student, were charged at the Magistrates’ Court today for rioting with dangerous weapons.

They pleaded not guilty after the charges on them were read before Magistrate Nurshahirah Abd Salim.

They are Muhammad Qayyum Mohd Faisal, Mohd Ashraf Mohd Faisal, Absal Evastrie Abdullah, Muhamed Jalil Talib, Muhammad Khairol Anuar Zabidi (college student), Muhd Zamri Md Said, Shukri Razali, Afizal Sabtu and Nor Azmi Abdul Ghani.

They were charged together with four men, who had been arraigned at the Magistrates’ Court 1 here on Dec 4 and several others who are still at large for rioting while armed with machetes, axes, knives and clubs.

The offences allegedly took place at the temple between 2am and 5am on Nov 26.

Seafield temple issue: Police get nod from DPP to charge 21 people

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