Duo jailed two years for aiding terror activities in Indonesia

KUALA LUMPUR: Two friends have been sentenced to two years’ jail by the High Court here for providing financial assistance of RM100 to carry out militant activities in Indonesia three years ago.

Judge Datuk Muhammad Jamil Hussin handed down the sentence on Muhammad Syazani Mahzan and Muhamad Nuurul Amin Azizan after both of them, aged 29, pleaded guilty to the charge.

They were ordered to serve the sentence from the date of their arrest, which was May 14,2019.

DPP Mohd Izhanudin Alias, assisted by DPP Mohd Farhan Aliff Ahmad, when requesting the court to impose a sentence that commensurates with the offence, said the case involved the Islamic State (IS) group and the court needed to view seriously the offence committed by the accused.

“The money, although (only RM100) had been given to terrorists in Indonesia to produce firearms, the accused even went there (Indonesia) and learned to make explosives, ” he said.

Burger seller Syazani and Nuurul Amin, who was a farmer, pleaded guilty to an alternative charge with dealing with militant by each of them providing financial assistance of RM100 to an Indonesian, Fatoni Amin Tohari, through one Mohd Izham Razani to be deposited into the Bank Rakyat Indonesia account belonging to one Agus Riyadi for terror activities.

They were charged under Section 130Q of the Penal Code with committing the offence at BFC Exchange Malaysia Sdn Bhd at Jalan Kampung Baru, Sungai Petani, Kedah, at 4.29pm on March 6,2018.

Izham had been sentenced to two years’ jail for a similar offence.

Syazani and Nuurul Amin had also been charged under Section 130JA with having the intention to travel from Malaysia to Jogjakarta, via Jakarta, Indonesia, to commit a terror act at KLIA2, Sepang, at 6.55am on April 26,2018.

According to the facts of the case, police investigation found that the two accused had contacted an Indonesian man by the name of Agus Melasi Alm Ridwan, also known as “Abad Kawa”, through the Telegram application in February 2018 and Abad Kawa recruited them to join the terror group.

Abad Kawa had also sent, via Telegram, instructions to Syazani on how to make bombs obtained through a tutorial book, and both the accused and Izham later made and tested the bombs.

In March 2018, Abad Kawa had asked Syazani and Izham to provide funds to Fatoni, also known as “Abu Tony” because Abu Tony needed funds to make homemade firearms to be used to attack prisons to release militant prisoners in Jakarta.

On March 6,2018, Syazani and Nuurul Amin agreed to contribute RM100 each to Abu Tony.

Abu Tony was arrested on June 19,2018, for receiving a million rupiah to help all the accused, who are members of the Jihad Nyata Telegram group, to make firearms.

Earlier, counsel Tan Teck Yew, representing Syazani and Nuurul Amin, in mitigation, said his clients were first offenders and had repented.

The two of them and Izham went to Indonesia to study Islam, but when they got there, they became friends with IS sympathisers, he said, adding that during their detention, Syazani and Nuurul Amin underwent counselling, attended human development courses and never failed to attend religious classes run by the prison. — Bernama

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