KUALA LUMPUR - Seven men accused of involvement in the murder of Deputy Public Prosecutor Kevin Morais all claimed trial at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
This was the first time the case was mentioned at the High Court and Justice Azman Abdullah who heard the case has set Feb 25 for the next case mention.
Army pathologist Kol K. Kunaseegaran, 52, is charged with abetting in the murder of Morais while six others - G. Gunasegaran, 47, R. Dinishwaran, 23, A.K. Thinesh Kumar, 22, M. Viswanath, 25, student S. Nimalan and debt collector S. Ravi Chandran, 44 - are jointly charged with committing the murder between Jalan Dutamas Raya and Jalan USJ 1/6D between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4 last year.
They face the mandatory death penalty if convicted under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
All seven appeared to be tired and worn-out and did not interact with their family members who were present.
As soon as the mention date was fixed, one of the family members rushed over to kiss the arm of an accused while another accused was seen crying.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Abdul Razak Musa requested for a joint trial with mechanic A. Murugan who was charged with abetting this murder.
On Jan 6, the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court transferred Murugan's case to the High Court.
The eight men were defended by lawyers Datuk N. Sivananthan, Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent, R.S.N. Rayer, M. Manoharan, V. Rajahgobal and R. Tirukumaran while Datuk Simon Sabapathy was holding a watching brief for Datuk Richard Morais.
Morais went missing on Sept 4 after leaving his residence in Menara Duta for work in Putrajaya in a grey Proton Perdana.
His body was later discovered cemented in an oil drum on Sept 16, which was dumped at a swampy area in Subang Jaya near here.