Accused hacker fit for trial: IMH

Accused hacker fit for trial: IMH

SINGAPORE - James Raj Arokiasamy, the 35-year-old accused of hacking the website of Ang Mo Kio Town Council, is fit to stand trial, a court heard on Tuesday.

While he showed mild signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), his symptoms were not enough to fulfil the diagnostic criteria, said the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

The accused, who allegedly used the moniker "The Messiah", had told the police earlier he suffered from ADHD.

But on Tuesday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tang Shangjun said James Raj had not been diagnosed with ADHD. He simply self-medicated with Ritalin after a psychologist friend in Kuala Lumpur told him he might have the illness.

Other than cannabis and sedative abuse, IMH concluded he did not suffer mental illness and was not of unsound mind, said the DPP.

James Raj was remanded at IMH for a fortnight, during which he had no access to third parties besides medical personnel. This included the police and his lawyer M. Ravi.

Mr Ravi on Tuesday asked the court to restrain the Prime Minister from making further comments on how the court would deal with hacking incidents seriously, saying it was damaging to his client.

DPP Tang said it was "wholly inappropriate for Mr Ravi to raise this point" as the Prime Minister commented in general and did not refer to any specific case.

District Judge Kessler Soh ordered that James Raj be remanded at "A" Division for another week pending investigations. The judge allowed him to confer with Mr Ravi after the proceedings were closed. The High Court will hear Mr Ravi's application for access to his client on Friday.

yanliang@sph.com.sg


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