Saturday March 23, 2013
Date set to hear appeal of trio who faked Soosai’s death
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has fixed April 23 to hear the appeal of three men found guilty of orchestrating the “death” of fugitive Michael Soosai.
The trio, Hospital Kuala Lumpur attendant K. Subramaniam, 36, businessmen V. Sanjeev Kumar, 37, and J. Kumaresan, 31, were convicted of abetting and falsifying documents on the death of Soosai, who is believed to have been involved in forgery, kidnapping and murder.
The three had appealed against the Sessions Court ruling and are to have their cases heard together before the High Court.
DPP Syed Faisal Syed Amir attempted to introduce new evidence into the case, under Section 317 of the Criminal Procedure Code, including fingerprints of a Dr G. K. Raj, who was arrested by local authorities in Coimbatore, India, that allegedly matched Soosai’s.
Justice Kamardin Hashim dismissed the prosecution’s application, saying that the evidence would be highly prejudicial against the appellants.
The Sessions Court here had sentenced all three to four years’ jail and fined them RM15,000 each on July 8, 2010.
Soosai’s saga came to light following the murder of Malaysian lorry driver N. Subramaniam in Chennai, India, in December 2004.
It was reported that Tamil Nadu police had caught Soosai in September 2010 and that he was expected to be charged with the murder of Subramaniam.