8-year jail for supporting IS

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 – A factory technician started crying when he was sentenced to eight years’ jail by the High Court here after he pleaded guilty to two counts of giving support and having various items related to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Justice Azman Abdullah sentenced Muhammad Safuan Mohd to eight years’ jail for giving support to the IS by way of pledging his loyalty to it through a Telegram chat group known as “Gagak Hitam” (Black Crow), using the name Abu Marwan Salaki.

Justice Azman also jailed Muhammad Safuan to three years for possessing 72 videos, 19 photographs, and 419 documents related to the IS in his handphone.

He however ordered the sentences to run concurrently from Oct 6 last year.

Justice Azman, in his judgement, said evidence revealed that the accused had the intention to go to Syria and if the court did not address this issue, he would continue with his support for the IS group.

He added that Muhammad Safuan’s act could affect the country’s peace and stability.

Muhammad Safuan, 29, committed the offences at a house in Block C, Jalan Matahari, Section U5 (Panasuria) in the Petaling District at 3.29am on March 30 last year, and at a parking lot in front in front of Block C at 7pm on Oct 6 the same year.

As soon as Justice Azman handed down the decision, Muhammad Safuan was seen crying in the dock.

His family members were seen sitting in the public gallery.

Earlier in mitigation, Muhammad Safuan said he was the sole breadwinner and needed to support his two children.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Izhanudin Alias urged the court to impose a harsher sentence to serve as a deterrent to the accused and others.

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