Two of seven men in slashing case face criminal intimidation charges

Zackeer Abbass Khan (centre) and his alleged co-conspirator, Indian national Koleth Navas, are accused of conspiring with Anwer Ambiya Kadir Maideen, 46, to cause grievous hurt to Mr Liakath, manager of Victory Restaurant next to Zam Zam, between Aug
Zackeer Abbass Khan (centre) and his alleged co-conspirator, Indian national Koleth Navas, are accused of conspiring with Anwer Ambiya Kadir Maideen, 46, to cause grievous hurt to Mr Liakath, manager of Victory Restaurant next to Zam Zam, between Aug 22 and 26.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Two of the seven men charged over a slashing case in August were accused on Wednesday of also threatening the victim - a restaurant manager - who suffered permanent disfiguration to his face after the alleged attack.

Zackeer Abbass Khan, 45, a Singaporean businessman, said by the prosecution to be the mastermind, allegedly threatened Mr Liakath Ali, 52, four days before the incident by uttering in Tamil to him to "watch out, in one week I will do you'' at about 6.45pm on Aug 22.

His alleged co-conspirator, Indian national Koleth Navas, 29, is said to have threatened Mr Liakath by uttering "I have your photograph in my mobile phone, you watch out'' outside the Indian-Muslim murtabak restaurant, Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant, at North Bridge Road on Aug 22.

The pair are accused of conspiring with Anwer Ambiya Kadir Maideen, 46, to cause grievous hurt to Mr Liakath, manager of Victory Restaurant next to Zam Zam, between Aug 22 and 26.

Three others - Joshua Navindran Surainthiran, 22, his 24-year-old brother, Joel Giritharan, and student Ramge Visvamnathan, 19 - have been charged with grievously hurting Mr Liakath by slashing his face with a knife in Arab Street at about 10pm on Aug 26.

No bail was offered to Joshua, who absconded last November after he was charged with six offences including rioting, causing hurt and using criminal force on a policeman.

Khan was offered bail of $50,000. Koleth Navas, Anwer, Joel were allowed bail of $40,000 each, while Ramge's bail was set at $20,000.

The seventh man, Koleth Abdul Nasir, a 41-year-old Indian national, faces one charge of threatening Mr Liakath outside the same restaurant on Aug 22. His bail was also set at $40,000.

Their passports have been impounded. They have to report to the investigation officer every Wednesday if they are out on bail.

The prosecution asked that the case be adjourned for investigations to be completed and the Attorney-General's Chambers to be consulted.

The seven will be back in court on Oct 21.