KUALA LUMPUR: An independent speaker, the main suspect in the recruitment of Malaysians to commit terrorist acts, was today charged in the Ampang Magistrate’s Court, here, for the offence.
Zulqarnian Ghaz Ab Ghani, 31, was charged with entering Syria to lend support to armed terrorist acts for a religious struggle that threatened the safety of the public there.
Zulqarnian, who has been in remand for 28 days, is alleged to have committed the offence between April 27 and Aug 28, 2014.
The charge against him is under Section 130J(1)(b) of the Penal Code for knowingly and in any manner soliciting for, or giving support to the commission of a terrorist act.
The offence is punishable with life imprisonment or a jail term of up to 30 years, or with a fine, and is also liable to forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used for the commission of the offence.
DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin asked for a date for mention before the case is transferred to the High Court. The accused was represented by counsel Mohd Hazrin Alif Wahab.
Zulqarnian who was arrested on July 7, this year in Wangsa Maju, here, appeared calm in the dock and smiled at his family members who were present in court.
Magistrate Zulyana Zolkapli fixed Sept 11 for case remention. No plea was recorded from the accused as this is under the jurisdiction of the High Court.