Court hearing over application for 'The Messiah' to have access to lawyer underway

James Raj Arokiasamy (above), the alleged hacker accused of using "The Messiah" pseudonym, is claiming trial, said lawyer M Ravi after a short discussion with his client in court on Friday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
James Raj Arokiasamy (above), the alleged hacker accused of using "The Messiah" pseudonym, is claiming trial, said lawyer M Ravi after a short discussion with his client in court on Friday. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

The court session to hear lawyer M. Ravi's application to have access to his client, James Raj Arokiasamy, the alleged hacker said to be behind the "The Messiah" pseudonym, is underway at the High Court before Justice Choo Han Teck.

James Raj hid his face between his legs as he arrived at the courthouse on Friday morning in a silver saloon. Court documents filed by the prosecution on Tuesday had revealed for the first time that the 35-year-old had allegedly signed off as "The Messiah" after a cyber attack on the Ang Mo Kio Town Council's website on Oct 28.

Apart from facing charges under the Misuse of Computer and Cybersecurity Act, the runaway drug offender - who had been in hiding since 2011 - also faces three charges for drug consumption. He has since been remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for psychiatric evaluation for two weeks, during which he will not be allowed access to any third parties apart from medical personnel. Third parties include the police.

Mr Ravi had on Wednesday filed an application asking for James Raj to be granted immediate access to him after protesting that he should not be sent to IMH. The Attorney-General's Chambers, responding to his application had said previously that its position in the High Court will be the same as in the Subordinate Courts and it will "protect the investigation process and strongly oppose any access by counsel while investigations are ongoing".