KUALA LUMPUR: A 33-year-old foreign exchange trader was sentenced to eight years' jail by the High Court here on Monday for supporting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman handed down the sentence on Hizmi Razli Abdul Rahim after he pleaded guilty to the charge.
He was ordered to serve the sentence from the date of his arrest on Sept 21 last year.
In his judgment, Ab Karim said Hizmi Razli's pledge to support IS by making a loyalty pledge to the terrorist group through the Telegram application on his mobile phone was not a joke.
"It is a serious offence and the punishment should be a lesson to you and others,” he said.
Hizmi Razli was charged with supporting the IS by pledging his loyalty through the Telegram application on his handphone in the "gagak hitam" chat group using the name "Abu Al-Farish".
The offence was committed at 12.37am on March 30 last year at Kampung Pulau Kapas, Kota Baru, Kelantan.
In mitigation, Hizmi Razli said it was his first offence and added that he regretted his action.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Izhanudin Alias prosecuted while Mohd Hazrin Arif Wahab acted for Hizmi Razli - Bernama