Published: Wednesday February 27, 2013 MYT 2:25:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 27, 2013 MYT 2:56:43 PM
Somalians claim trial to firing at Malaysian soldiers on board ship
KUALA LUMPUR: Seven Somali nationals pleaded not guilty at the High Court here Wednesday to firing at Malaysian soldiers during a robbery on board a vessel in the Gulf of Aden two years ago.
Ahmed Othman Jamal, 27, Abdil Eid Hasan, 22, and five underage individuals were charged with discharging firearms with intent to cause death or hurt, on board the Bunga Laurel vessel between 8.10pm and 10pm on Jan 20, 2011.
The charge, under Section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 and read with Section 34 of the Penal Code, provides for the death sentence upon conviction.
Judge Datuk Mohd Azman Husin set Sept 2 to 13 for the hearing.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Abazafree Mohd Abbas appeared for the prosecution while the defence was led by counsel Amrit Pal Singh. - Bernama