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Judge Tells Youth: Support For Terrorism Can Undermine Stability, Harmony

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KUALA LUMPUR – A food stall worker was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the High Court here today after pleading guilty to three terrorism-related charges.

Justice Datuk Nordin Hassan told Azizi Abdullah, 21, that the crime he committed was serious and could undermine stability and harmony in the country”.

Therefore, said the judge, the court must mete out the punishment, “as a lesson to the accused and in the interest of the public”.

“Your postings in the ‘gagak hitam’ and ‘amanah vs pas’ groups about the bombing at Movida Club was read by the public (other members of the groups); it may motivate them to commit a similar crime,” he said.

Azizi will be behind bars for 13 years for supporting the use of explosives to promote an idealogy linked to Daesh to intimidate the public, as charged under Section 130J(1)(b) of the Penal Code, which carries a life sentence or maximum 30 years’ jail or a fine and possible forfeiture of personal assets on conviction.

He received four years for possession of a Daesh flag, and another four years on the third charge, for possession of a video linked to the terrorist group, under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum seven years’ jail or a fine and possible forfeiture of personnel assets, on conviction.

Azizi committed all three offences through the Telegram app in his mobile phone, at F15, Kampung Baru Lubok Buntar, Serdang, Bandar Baharu, Serdang, Kedah between March 25 and June 29, 2016.

The judge ordered the youth’s sentences to run concurrently, from his arrest on June 29, 2016.

Earlier in mitigation, Azizi who was unrepresented said he was remorseful and had repented of his actions.

The prosecution was represented by deputy public prosecutor Azlina Rasdi. – BERNAMA

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