Lawyer receives bullet threat for helping Gang 04 families

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GEORGE TOWN: A lawyer, who assisted the families of the five alleged Gang 04 members shot dead by police earlier this week, received five live bullets at his home this morning.

R.S.N. Rayer, who is also Seri Delima assemblyman, said the bullets delivered in a clear plastic packet was found under his front porch by his 11-year-old nephew at about 7.50am.

"He gave the packet to my father (J.R. Rajaji, 77) who immediately informed me about it. "We just left it on the shoe rack, called the police and lodged a report ... I did not even want to touch it," said the 42-year-old lawyer, who has handled many criminal cases in his career.
 
He said apart from he and his father, his wife and two children were also home when the package turned up at his house in Island Park here.
 
Rayer, when met by reporters for comments outside a George Town Sessions Court later in the morning, initially declined to comment on the incident, saying that the police was now investigating the matter.
 
The police, he said, had gone to his house to gather evidence, including looking at closed circuit television (CCTV) recordings. 
 
When pressed further, the lawyer, who was visibly a little shaken, said he did not want to speculate whether the incident had to do with him assisting the families.
 
"Acting as an assemblyman, I helped them when they claimed the bodies and to lodge police reports. That was all," he said, adding if the families still wanted his help after this, he would offer them legal assistance.
 
Rayer said the unpleasant episode had frightened his family and everyone at home was worried, especially his elderly father.
 
When asked if he had also received death threats previously, he said he got one but it was 10 years ago.
 
It was reported yesterday that Rayer aided the families when they lodged reports at the Northeast district police headquarters.
 
He also reportedly urged Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahman Hanafi to provide more evidence that the five alleged Gang 04 members had underworld links and were involved in the recent shooting cases in the country.

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