Movida bombers unfazed by charges

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  • Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016

PETALING JAYA: It was a chilling sight as one of the two men who bombed the Movida restaurant and bar in the wee hours of June 28 walked into the Petaling Jaya court with a smile on his face.

Jonius Ondie @ Jahali, 24, smiled at members of the media when he appeared with Imam Wahyudin Karjono (pic), 21, to be charged with the bombing.

The suspects arrived in a black pick-up escorted by police officers wearing ski masks.

Both admitted attempting to murder eight people in the pub and also admitted to having a grenade.

Sabahan Jonius Ondie, who was wearing a brown T-shirt and jeans, looked up and smiled at his surroundings.

Imam, from Puchong, was clad in a blue T-shirt and jeans and kept his head down the whole time.

They were also charged with two counts of terrorism each and charged under Section 130(c)(1)(b) of the Penal Code for committing terrorist acts and Section 130j(1)(b) for the commission of terrorist acts.

Movida bombing suspects, Imam Wahyuddin Karjono 21 been charged for the incident at Petaling Jaya magistrate court. AZMAN GHANI / The Star

No plea was recorded for these charges.

The terrorism case was heard before magistrate Mohd Zaki Ashraf who did not grant them bail. The case will be heard in the High Court on Sept 26.

They were later brought before Sessions Court judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh and were charged with conspiring to commit murder and owning firearms.

They pleaded guilty to eight charges.

The eight charges were a result of the serious injury suffered by the eight victims from their attack. They face up to 30 years in jail. Sentencing is expected to be on Sept 21, the date set for mention of the case.

In addition, the two were charged under Section 8 of the Firearm Act (Heavy Penalty) 1971 with using a hand grenade.

Imam pleaded guilty to this charge and faces at least six strokes of the cane and a jail term of up to 14 years.

Azhaniz said they were guilty of having thrown a hand grenade fuse lever type Fuze M213, which caused grievous harm to the eight victims.

Jonius Ondie and Imam who were not represented looked unfazed. They did not utter a word to defend themselves.

The public prosecutor was Selangor head of prosecution Roslan Mat Nor who had asked for the two not to be granted bail.

The explosion injured eight individuals and was confirmed to be an IS attack on Malaysia.

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