Two brothers and their friend were today charged in the Sessions Court here with burning a church early his month.

Raja Mohamad Faizal Raja Ibrahim, 24, his brother, Raja Mohamad Idzham, 22, and Azuwan Shah Ahmad, 23, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

They are alleged, together with several other persons still at large, to causing mischief by burning the Metro Tabernacle Church at No. 28, Jalan 4/4C, Desa Melawati, here at 11.50 p.m. on Jan 7.

For the offence, the trio, who work as dispatch riders, were charged under Section 436 of the Penal Code and under Section 34 of the same code that carries a prison sentence of 20 years and a fine if found guilty.

Judge SM Komathy Suppiah set bail at RM20,000 with one surety for all three but they had to only deposit RM10,000 and the balance to be deposited if they failed to attend the court hearing.

Judge Komathy set March 12 for mention to allow all three accused to appoint lawyers.

During the court proceeding, Raja Mohamad Faizal was seen to be in pain as his face and body were badly burnt and his trousers had several blood stains.

On this brother’s left arm there were burn marks and it was swollen, while Azuwan had no burns.

All three looked weak and bewildered.

Deputy public prosecutor Anselm Charles Fernandis earlier had asked the court to set bail at RM20,000 for each person as the offence was a serious one and of public interest.

Raja Mohamad Faizal asked for bail to be reduced as his family was poor and could not come up with the amount while Azuwan asked for bail to be set at RM5,000.