PUTRAJAYA: Two former soldiers and an Indonesian national were jailed eight years and 12 years respectively by the Court of Appeal for conspiring to promote terrorism.
Nor Azmi Jailani and Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof were jailed eight years each while Ali Saifuddin, a technician with Malaysian permanent resident status, was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.
A three-member panel comprising Justices Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, Datuk Zabidin Mohd Diah and Datuk Has Zanah Mehat ordered the three men to serve the sentences from the date of arrest, which was April 5, 2015.
The panel found Nor Azmi and Mohd Yusri, both 32, and Ali, 31, guilty on April 8 to a charge with conspiring to promote terrorism-
related activities in Malaysia between Jan 30 and April 6, 2015, at a house in Pengkalan Batu Hampar, Mukim Air Putih, Pendang, Kedah, and set yesterday for mitigation and sentencing.
The Court of Appeal also allowed the prosecution’s appeal to set aside the High Court’s decision to acquit the trio of the charge.
According to evidence, the three were said to have participated in a series of discussions with a son of a former Islamic State (IS) militant on plans to kidnap four former ministers, including former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in exchange for the release of Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) detainees.
The other former ministers were former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and former youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
The son of a former IS militant, Abu Daud Murad Halimmuddin, is serving a 12-year jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiring to promote terrorism, while his father, Murad Halimmuddin Hassan, was jailed 18 years.
However, it was reported that Murad Halimmuddin died of heart complications in 2017.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Zain Ibrahim pressed for Nor Azmi, Mohd Yusri and Ali to be jailed 25 years each, saying that the offence, including using Islam for their own personal interest, was serious as their action could affect innocent people.
He said a deterrent jail sentence should be imposed to reflect the seriousness of the offence.
Lawyers Louis Liaw Vern Xien, Farida Mohammad and Quratulain Atiqah Norzahirul Anuar representing Ali, Nor Azmi and Mohd Yusri respectively, pleaded for a lesser sentence to be imposed, considering that their clients did not play the main role to initiate the plan. — Bernama