Taxi driver freed of LTTE charges, proceeds with application to delist it as terrorist group

24 Feb 2020 / 16:15 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Taxi driver V. Balamurugan, who was today acquitted and discharged on five charges with supporting LTTE went ahead with his leave application for judicial review to delist it from being gazzetted as a terrorist group.

His lawyer, Matthews Jude, said it was important to get a court declaration on the matter.

“A court declaration is important to stop investigation and prosecution against any one who showed sympathy to the LTTE.

“We just want a court order to direct the minister to delist the LTTE as a terror group,“ he told reporters when met after the case management, whuich was held in chambers before High Court judge Datuk Seri Mariana Yahya today.

He said the court set June 2 to hear the application.

In the application, Balamurugan named the Home Minister and the Government as the first and second respondents, respectively.

He is seeking a declaration that the LTTE detail in the gazette as null and void and the listing of LTTE was unlawful as it was ultra vires to the Federal Constitution, and for a certiorari order to quash the listing of LTTE in the gazette, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (Declaration of Specified Entities and Reporting Requirements (Amendment) 2014; dated Nov 12, 2014.

Balamurugan was acquitted and discharged on five charges with supporting LTTE earlier today by High Court judge Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh after the prosecution informed the court that they received instruction from the Attorney-General Chamber to drop the charges against the accused. — Bernama

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