Alleged hacker will claim trial: Lawyer

The alleged hacker accused of using "The Messiah" pseudonym will claim trial, his lawyer said on Friday.

James Raj Arokiasamy, 35, was allowed to speak to his lawyer, M. Ravi, for a few minutes before being led away after a High Court hearing.

Mr Ravi had made an application to the court for access to his client after it was denied on Tuesday by a district judge, Straits Times online reported.

Justice Choo Han Teck reserved judgment on the application but allowed Mr Ravi to speak to his client for a few minutes before James Raj was led away.

The prosecution had no objection to the meeting.

James Raj was arrested on Nov 4 by the Royal Malaysia Police and handed over to the Singapore authorities the next day. He has been in police custody since.

On Tuesday, James Raj was charged with hacking into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council's website from a computer in Kuala Lumpur.

He is also suspected of carrying out hacking attacks on websites including those of City Harvest Church co-founder Sun Ho and the People's Action Party Community Foundation.

Apart from being charged under the Misuse of Computer and Cybersecurity Act, he is a runaway drug offender who has been in hiding since 2011 and faces three charges for drug consumption.

He has been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric evaluation and his case will be heard again on Nov 26.

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