Appeals Court reduces jail term of former Master's student


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Dec 2017

PUTRAJAYA: A Court of Appeal here has reduced the jail sentence of a former Master's student Siti Noor Aishah Atam who was charged with having 12 books relating to militancy.

Justice Kamardin Hashim who sat with Justices Ahmadi Asnawi and Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil reduced the jail term from five years to three years after the panel found that there was no merits in the appeal.

Reading the judgment Thursday, Justice Kamardin said there was no error on the part of the High Court judge which warranted the appellate court's intervention.

He ordered the sentence to run from the date of arrest on March 23 last year.

Justice Ahmadi who chaired the panel said their decision was unanimous.

Siti Aishah filed an appeal against her conviction and the five years' jail sentence.

She was jailed in April this year by High Court Judicial Commissioner Moha­mad Shariff Abu Samah for having books on international terror groups such as the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah.

The offence was committed at Lot 1241, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Sura, Dungun, Terengganu, at 12.25pm on March 22 last year.

The charge under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code carries a jail sentence of not more than seven years, or a fine, or forfeiture of any of the items, on conviction.

 

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