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Trader Gets 23 Years Jail For Supporting Terrorist Group

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KUALA LUMPUR – A trader was sentenced to a total of 23 years jail by the High Court here today after he pleaded guilty to three terrorism-related charges.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman handed down the sentence on Mohd Shaifful Shahril Ramli, 29, to be served from the date of arrest, which was July 19, 2016.

Mohd Shaifful Shahril was sentenced to eight years jail for giving support to the militant group, 13 years jail for the commission of a terrorist act and another two years jail for possession of items related to terrorism, to be served concurrently.

On the first count, Mohd Shaifful Shahril was charged with giving support to the Daesh group via the mobile phone application Telegram in the group ‘amanah(phb) vs pas’ under the name Putra Zulkarnain and Anonymous/Anonimous between June 18, 2016 and June 29, 2016.

The charge, under Section 130 J (1)(a) of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for life, or for up to 30 years, or with fine, and is also liable to forfeiture of any property used in the commission of the offence.

He was also charged with supporting a terrorist act involving the use of explosives with the intention to pursue an ideology, and with intention to incite Malaysians via Telegram on his mobile phone between June 26 and 29, 2016.

The charge, under Section 130 J (1)(b) of the Penal Code, provides a similar punishment, upon conviction.

The third charge, under Section 130 JB (1)(a) of the Penal Code, was for possession of a winter clothing and a flag, both with the Islamic State (IS) logo on them, at about 9.45 am on July 22 last year.

Mohd Shaifful Shahril, who is married, was charged with committing all the offences at No 3, Lorong Indah 1, Kampung Sri Indah B, Sungai Buloh.

In the judgment, Ab Karim said Mohd Shaifful Shahril should realise that Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a terrorist.

“The excuse that he (accused) had never met (Muhammad Wanndy) physically cannot be accepted by the court, and in today’s sophistication, there is no need for physical meeting,” he added.

Earlier during mitigation, Mohd Shaifful Shahril said he was influenced by the group, but was now remorse and regretted his doings.

“I cannot bear to be separated from my family and hoped to be given a chance to change,” he added.

Deputy public prosecutor Noor Syazwani Mohamad Sobry prosecuted.- BERNAMA

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