KUALA LUMPUR: A freelance preacher was jailed five years by a High Court here after he pleaded guilty to providing financial service for the benefit of a terrorist who is his younger brother.
Justice Azman Abdullah ordered the sentence to run from May 25 last year, the day Ahmad Junaidi Omar was detained.
The judge said although the terrorist was the brother of the accused, the act of assisting a terrorist was an offence because terrorism could affect a country’s security.
Ahmad Junaidi, 30, was charged with providing financial service by giving permission for RM6,360 to be deposited into his bank account and later withdrawing the money for the benefit of terrorist Muhammad Fudhail Omar, 26.
He was charged under Section 130Q(1) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 20 years’ jail or a fine and also forfeiture of any property upon conviction.
Earlier, in mitigation, Ahmad Junaidi’s counsel Syahredzan Johan said his client’s wife was a dentist and they had a three-year-old child, adding that he was formerly a religious teacher in Selama, Perak, and earned between RM2,000 and RM3,000 a month.
Syahredzan said Ahmad Junaidi was a first-time offender and Muhammad Fudhail was his client’s younger brother.
“My client was asked by his brother and father to send the money to Indonesia but he did not know what it was for,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor Budiman Lutfi Mohamed urged the court to mete out a deterrent sentence against the accused as he had committed a serious offence.