'The Messiah' asks for his ATM card to be returned

James Raj Arokiasamy (left), the alleged hacker who signed off as 'The Messiah', has requested that his UOB savings card be returned to him so he can pay lawyers' fees. -- NP FILE PHOTO: JEREMY LONG
James Raj Arokiasamy (left), the alleged hacker who signed off as 'The Messiah', has requested that his UOB savings card be returned to him so he can pay lawyers' fees. -- NP FILE PHOTO: JEREMY LONG

James Raj Arokiasamy, the alleged hacker who signed off as 'The Messiah', has requested that his UOB savings card be returned to him so he can pay lawyers' fees.

On Tuesday, lawyer, Mr M Ravi, told reporters that his client did not want to take up any plea offer made by the prosecution so as not to prejudice himself with a prior conviction.

The prosecution had offered to proceed on two drug charges James Raj currently faces, with the remaining two taken into consideration during the hearing, which took place in judge's chambers.

No position was taken yet on the one remaining charge under the Computer Misuse Act, where James Raj was accused of hacking into the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website last October.

"They (prosecutors) wanted to see whether we will agree to that, but we basically said that we want to have all the issues resolved together, globally, so that it would give a firm position for our client," said Mr Ravi. "We also made an application for his UOB Savings card to be released, because he (James Raj) said his IO did not have any objections (to that)."

The prosecution also applied for an adjournment of four weeks, citing the need for more time to complete investigations. The alleged hacker will return to court on February 10, and may face additional charges of computer intrusion then.

Separately, three of the five accused 'Anonymous' vandals - Muhammad Qamarul Arifin Sa'adon, Danial Ryan Salleh and Redzwan Baskin - have engaged lawyers to represent them, and will be back in court on February 12. The other two accused, Muhammad Fitri Abu Kasim and Fadzly Aziz, were given time by the judge to engage counsel, and will return to court on January 22.