Lahad Datu: Jamalul Kiram's nephew, woman among those charged over Sulu gunmen intrusion

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 May 2013

KOTA KINABALU: A nephew of the self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalalul Kiram III was among 10 people charged at the Tawau High Court for waging war against the king in relation to terrorism activities committed during the Lahad Datu intrusion.

Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram was among eight Filipino nationals who were charged at the High Court that sat for the first time at the Tawau prison complex yesterday.

Amirbahar was accused of waging war against the Yang DiPertuan Agong under Section 121 of the Penal Code that carries the death sentence and being a member of a terrorist group under Section 131(k)(a) of the same Act that carries a life imprisonment sentence.

The other Filipino nationals who similarly charged were Rijmal Salleh, Saidili Jaharul, Dani Ismail, Pabblo Alie, Mohamad Ali Ahmad, Basil Samiul and Rizman Gulan.

They were accused of committing the offences between Feb 9 and April 10 at various locations including Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, Kampung Muanad at Beluran in Sandakan and Jalan Lihak-Lihak, Semporna.

Meanwhile, 46-year-old local woman became the first female to be charged for terrorism related activities in connection with the Sulu gunmen intrusion in Lahad Datu.

Norhaida Ibnahi was accused of harbouring a group of terrorists at an unnumbered house at Kampung Sri Melor at Bugaya in Semporna between Feb 9 and March 22 this year and faces life imprisonment if convicted.

Another local man, Abdul Majil Jubin, 41, was also charged for waging war against the king and being a member of terrorist group. Both offences were alleged to have been committed in Semporna between Feb 9 and March 13.

All 10 were charged before Justice Ravinthran Paramaguru with Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail leading the prosecution team.

No plea was recorded from any of the accused and Ravinthran fixed June 7 for the cases to be mentioned.

Following the proceeding, Gani informed the media that the cases of another 14 Filipino nationals and a local man who were also charged for terrorism related activities were heard before Ravinthran who also fixed June 7 for them to be heard again.

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