Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants jailed

KOTA KINABALU: Two Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terror suspects arrested in a special operation in Sabah last month have been jailed and given one stroke of the rotan each for entering and staying in the state illegally.

Abdul Abrera, 39, and Majid Abu Bakar, 33, were among 14 illegal immigrants charged in the Sessions Court here yesterday for immigration offences.

Abdul Abrera pleaded guilty to illegally staying in Sabah since 1995 while Majib pleaded guilty to entering Sabah illegally two months ago.

Judge Azreena Aziz sentenced Abdul Abrera to five months’ jail, while Majid was jailed four months.

Both were also to be caned once.

According to sources, the two suspected terrorists will be investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) after this.

They were first arrested for immigration offences while investigators gather evidence to charge them under Sosma.

“Majid, married with one child, is believed to be one of the beheaders for ASG and is known to be a cunning person.

“Abdul Abrera, married with six children, is believed to be one of the ASG commanders,” said a source.

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