Man accused of being the hacker who calls himself 'The Messiah' claiming trial: Lawyer

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

James Raj Arokiasamy, 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.

This after an application filed by Mr Ravi to have access to his client was heard earlier in the day at the High Court. Justice Choo Han Teck allowed the lawyer to meet with James Raj for a few minutes before he was led away after the hearing. The prosecution did not object to the meeting.

James Raj is said to have signed off as "The Messiah" after he allegedly hacked into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council's website on Oct 28, court documents filed by the prosecution on Tuesday showed. Apart from 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.

The 35-year-old, who was arrested in Malaysia on Nov 4, is currently remanded at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric evaluation but the case against him will be heard again on Nov 26.