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Alleged hacker James Raj denied bail, pre-trial conference set for January

Published on Dec 4, 2013 4:33 PM
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James Raj Arokiasamy (above), the 35-year-old who allegedly signed off as "The Messiah" when he hacked into a town council website, has been denied bail. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

James Raj Arokiasamy, the 35-year-old who allegedly signed off as "The Messiah" when he hacked into a town council website, has been denied bail.

District judge Soh Tze Bian, in agreeing with the prosecution during the bail hearing on Wednesday, said that while James Raj should be given access to his lawyer, he should not be granted bail given his history of having absconded in 2011.

James Raj then spent two-and-a-half years living in Malaysia "with no ostensible difficulty", the judge added.

"If not for the efforts of Malaysian police, he'd still be in Malaysia," said the judge, who did not give weight to defence lawyer M. Ravi's argument that the accused had strong roots in Singapore.

 
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