Indonesian pleads not guilty to terrorism-related charges

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 13 Oct 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): An Indonesian man pleaded not guilty in the High Court here on Tuesday (Oct 13) to two charges of possessing videos and pictures related to the Daesh terrorist group in his mobile phone.

Irwanzir, 30, who hails from Acheh, Indonesia, made the plea after both charges were read out before Judicial Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Shahrir Mohd Salleh.

For the first charge, the man who worked as a manual labourer was accused of possessing five videos and 29 pictures related to the terrorist group behind a house in Permatang Pasir, Balik Pulau, Penang at 9.30am on Jan 6, 2020.

The unrepresented accused was also charged with possessing seven videos and 28 pictures of violent acts on the same phone, at the same time, place and date.

He was charged with committing both offences under Section 130JB (1) (a) of the Penal Code, which upon conviction, is punishable by a maximum of seven years imprisonment, or a fine, with possible forfeiture of any of the materials.

The court set Nov 13 for mention of the case and the appointment of a defence counsel, with the prosecution conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Izhanudin Alias.

When asked by Shahrir whether the accused understood the charges read out, Irwanzir replied in the affirmative.

On Jan 31, Irwanzir was arraigned in the Georgetown Sessions Court, Penang, on the charges, and no plea was recorded, as the case which involved terrorism would be heard in the Kuala Lumpur High Court.- Bernama

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