10 Nigerian citizens have pleaded not guilty at the Magistrate’s Court, to charges of attacking cops and fighting during a raid at an apartment in Malaysia, last month.
The men accused are of ages between 22 and 37 and was charged for disrupting public peace by rioting on July 25, 2019, as well as causing hurt and using criminal force to intimidate four policemen at Flora Damansara.
They face charges under the Section 147 of Penal Code for rioting, and also Sections 332 and 353 for assaulting and intimidating, respectively, offences which is liable to jail sentences of between two and three years as well as optioms for fines.
In a related news, six other Nigerians have been charged also for overstaying their visa. Another 14 people from Nigeria pleaded guilty to a charge of staying illegally, thereby facing a maximum RM10,000 fine and a jail sentence of five years.
Magistrate Mohamad Ikhwan Mohd Nasir rejected their bail optio, and set Sept 5 for their case mention.
On July 25, three policemen and an officer of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department at Petaling Jaya district headquarters were assaulted while trying to arrest a Nigerian man suspected of being involved in scams.
The incident caught the attention of Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who stated the government would not settle with anyone who breaks the law or stops the police in performing their duties.