Second pre-trial conference set for 24 Indian nationals facing rioting charges
A second pre-trial conference has been set for the cases against 24 Indian nationals facing rioting charges for their alleged role in the Little India mayhem last month.
But the next hearing, held for parties to settle administrative matters, will unlikely be heard on the same day for all 24 accused - unlike Wednesday's hearing which involved 23 of them. It is understood that different dates have been set for the accused, which range from as early as next month to as late as March.
At least 15 of the accused who managed to post bail were in court, with a majority decked in a collared shirt and pants, paired with slippers or sandals. This was despite the fact that their presence at the closed door hearing, in which the prosecution appeared via video-link, was not necessary.
One of them, Rajendran Mohan, 25, who is represented by lawyer M. Ravi, told The Straits Times that none of the accused who posted bail are working. But they declined to comment further, as had been advised by their respective lawyers.