Man gets 9 years for expressing support for IS terror via Telegram

KHAIRAH N. KARIM


KUALA LUMPUR: Technician Mohd Asrol Mohammad was sentenced to nine years’ jail after admitting to having expressed support for an Islamic State (IS) bomb attack on Malaysian soil, via the Telegram mobile application.

High Court judge Datuk Nordin Hassan handed down the sentence on the 30-year-old bachelor, and demanded that he be fully aware of the seriousness of the offence.

"This offence carries a maximum sentence of 30 years’ jail, which reflects how serious it is.

"Malaysia is a peaceful country and the postings that you have put up about IS could affect public peace.

"You should realise that your actions could lead the government to become unstable," he said.

He ordered for Mohd Asrol's jail sentence to run from the date of his arrest on June 29, 2016.

In sentencing the accused, Nordin also allowed counsel Adi Zulkarnain Zulkifli's application, under Section 172c (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code, for a plea bargain.

According to his charge sheet, the accused, from Taiping, Perak, had expressed support for a terror act involving the use of explosives, via a Telegram chatgroup called "amanah (phb) vs pas" from his smartphone and phone number.

The offence was committed at PNB Perdana Hotel & Suites On The Park, No 10, Jalan Binjai here, between 4.27am and 9.04am on June 28, last year.

Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam urged for a deterrent sentence, saying that it was a serious offence.

According to the facts, among the comments showing Mohd Asrol's support to the terror act were: 'paling mustahak bomkan IGP tu' (Most importantly, the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) must be bombed); and 'Sayaf, hang cer buat statement gertak IGP supaya dia kenal siapa Islamic State… biar dia takut keluar rumah' ((Abu) Sayaf, try making a statement to scare the IGP, so that he knows who the Islamic State is… let him be frightened to even come out from his house).