KUALA LUMPUR: A lorry driver has been sentenced to 36 years in jail by the High Court here for committing several offences related to the Islamic State (IS) group.
Syed Amir Asyraf Syed Hamdan was sentenced to 10 years’ jail for knowingly providing support to the militant group using a Facebook account under the name “Syed Malizi”.
He was jailed for another 16 years for using the Telegram app to accept instructions from terrorist Muhammad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi to commit terrorist acts here using a hand grenade and a pistol with 24 bullets.
Syed Amir Asyraf, 21, was also handed a five-year prison sentence for knowingly promoting IS membership through WhatsApp and Facebook.
He was sentenced to another five years in jail for being in possession of pictures and videos related to IS and terrorist acts in general.
Judicial Commissioner Ab Karim Ab Rahman ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the day Syed Amir Asyraf was nabbed on Aug 27 last year.
He had committed the offences at a house in Kampung Sungai Merab Luar, Bandar Baru Bangi, near here between Jan 9 and Aug 27 last year.
In his judgment, JC Ab Karim said IS had been gazetted as a terrorist group by the Government while Muhammad Wanndy, who died in Syria on April 29, was a designated terrorist.
As such, he said giving support to IS was a serious matter and seen as a global security threat.
“You received a directive from Muhammad Wanndy, continuously providing support to the group and chatting via WeChat.
“You then followed it up by having in your possession a hand grenade, gun and bullets. The court should take these facts seriously,” he said.
JC Ab Karim added that the court should consider these facts in handing down the sentence against the accused to show that the court was serious about curbing terrorist activities.
Earlier in mitigation, Syed Amir Asyraf’s counsel Azamuddin Abd Aziz said his client was young and immature, and had been influenced by Muhammad Wanndy.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Izhanudin Alias said a harsh punishment should be meted out.