KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7, 2016:
The murder case of deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais that shocked the nation last year has been transferred to the High Court.
Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamardin allowed the transfer following an application by the prosecution when the case came up for re-mention today.
DPP Abdul Razak Musa tendered an application stating the transfer of the case was done in accordance to Section 177 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).
Army pathologist, Colonel Dr. R. Kunaseegaran was charged for abetting the murder of Morais under Section 109 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 302 of the same act.
Six others — G. Gunasekaran, 47, R. Dinishwaran, 23, A.K. Thinesh Kumar, 22, M. Vishwanath, 25, student S.Nimalan, 22, and debt collector S. Ravi Chandaran, 44, were jointly charged with the murder of Morais on Sept 4 last year between 7am and 8pm from Jalan Dutamas Raya to Jalan USJ 1/6D.
They face mandatory death if convicted under Section 302, read together with Section 34 of the same act.
Lawyer Datuk Simon Sabapathy held a watching brief for Anthony’s brother Datuk Richard Morais this morning.
Yesterday, the Petaling Jaya Magistrates’ Court ordered the case of a mechanic, A. Murugan, 44, who was charged with abetting the murder of Morais, to be transferred to Shah Alam High Court.
The body of Morais, 55, was found in a drum filled with concrete at Persiaran Subang Mewah, Subang Jaya, near here on Sept 16, last year.
He was reported missing on Sept 4 last year and was last seen leaving his condominium in Menara Duta here to go to his office in Putrajaya in a Proton Perdana bearing registration number WA6264Q.
Investigators said Morais was abducted after a staged fender-bender along Persiaran Duta, about 2km from his Menara Duta apartment.
He had alighted to inspect the damage to his car, when occupants of the other vehicle bundled him into their large pick-up truck.