KUANTAN: Two alleged underworld members claimed trial at the High Court here today to kidnapping a tycoon for a RM19 million ransom nearly two years ago.
Lim Sin Chye, 44, and Ang Boon Leong, 39, were calm when they pleaded not guilty to the charge read to them in Mandarin by an interpreter this morning.
Lim, from Kemaman, Terengganu, and Ang, from Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, were accused of kidnapping Datuk Chin Yoke Choon, 53, on Dec 26, 2015.
The duo purportedly abducted Chin, the 53-year-old managing director of Tunas Manja Group, at the parking lot of a hotel at Bandar Indera Mahkota here at 5.55pm. Chin was later freed.
They face the death penalty if convicted under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961.
Deputy public prosecutor Muhamad Asyraf Md Kamal applied for the accused duo's case to be jointly heard with a similar case involving two other alleged underworld gang members.
The other two accused are Low Sing Hwa, 29, and Tham Hock Ann, 36, who had allegedly committed the same kidnapping offence.
Judicial commissioner Hassan Abdul Ghani allowed the joint-trial application and set April 7 for mention, when all four accused will be present.
Lawyers Bob Arumugam and Hon Kai Peing acted for Lim, while Ang was unrepresented.
Previously, on different dates at the sessions court, Lim, Ang, Low and Tham had claimed trial to being members of underworld group ‘Geng William.’