KUALA LUMPUR: A High Court here sentenced a security guard to 18 months in jail for possessing 13 videos related to terrorism on his mobile devices.
Justice Azman Abdullah passed the sentence against Mohd Zaki Ibrahim, 49, after he pleaded guilty to the charge here on Friday.
In his decision, the judge said the accused had committed a serious crime and could have influenced other people if he were not stopped in time.
He ordered for the jail time to run from the date of arrest.
According to the charge sheet, Mohd Zaki was accused of owning 12 videos related to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and a video of Jund Al Aqsa in his mobile phone and tablet.
He committed the offence at the guardhouse of a Tenaga Nasional Berhad substation at Jalan Permas 3/4, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, Masai in Johor at 12.30pm on Feb 27.
Mohd Zaki was charged under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code, punishable under subsection 130JB(1) of the code, which provides a maximum seven years in jail or fine or liable to forfeiture of any item seized.
Earlier, the accused, who was unrepresented, asked for a lenient sentence on the grounds that he suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
DPP Muhammad Fadzlan Mohd Noor, however, asked for a heavy sentence as a deterrent and warning to the public not to emulate such a mistake.
At the same court, two friends claimed trial for alleged involvement in a preparing to carry out a terrorist act in a building in Johor.
Technician Nik Muhamad Zaini Nik Hassan, 37, and security guard Ismadi Md Nor @ Ismail, 30, were accused of planning an attack on an eatery in Jalan Kemboja, Kampung Dato’ Sulaiman Menteri, Johor between Dec 11, 2017 and Jan 31 this year.
The building they planned to attack is located at No 1, Jalan Abu Bakar in Johor.
They were charged under Section 130JD(1) of the Penal Code which, read together with Section 34 of the Code, provides for a maximum seven years' imprisonment and fine.
DPP Noor Syazwani Mohamad Sobry prosecuted. Nik Muhamad Zaini was represented by lawyer Sukhaimi Mashud, while Ismadi was unrepresented.