Ulu Tiram terror trial begins

Facing justice: Radin Imran being escorted by police at the Johor Baru Court Complex.

JOHOR BARU: Five family members related to the Ulu Tiram police station attack have been charged at the Sessions Court here with nine charges linked to terrorism between them.

They are Radin Imran Radin Mohd Yassin, 62; his Singaporean wife, Rosna Jantan, 59; and their children, Radin Romyullah Radin Imran, 34; Farhah Sobrina Radin Imran, 23, and Mariah Radin Imran, 19.

All five were brought to the Johor Baru Court Complex using separate vehicles yesterday under heavy police security.

Amid heavy rain, the five family members arrived at the court building using two police four-wheel-drive vehicles and three vans that were unmarked.

Police personnel, wearing full tactical gear and some armed with automatic rifles, escorted the five family members into the Sessions Court.

Before the proceedings began, only members of the media and a female senior citizen who claimed to be a relative of the family were allowed to enter the courtroom.

The family, who were not represented, were charged before Sessions Court judge Datuk Che Wan Zaidi Che Wan Ibrahim.

Radin Imran has four charges. The first charge accuses him of encouraging terrorist acts by incorporating the ideology of the Islamic State into his family, including the 21-year-old attacker Radin Luqman, between the end of 2014 and May 17, 2024, at a house along Jalan Rabani in Kampung Sungai Tiram.

This offence is under Section 130G(a) of the Penal Code, which carries a 30-year imprisonment and fine upon conviction.

His second charge was that he supported terrorism by storing four homemade air rifles for Islamic State activities at the same location at around 10.45am on May 17.

This offence falls under Section 130J(1)(b) of the Penal Code, which carries life or up to 40 years imprisonment or a fine, with properties used or intended for carrying out the offence seized upon conviction.

The third charge states that Radin Imran pledged loyalty (baiah) to Islamic State head Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi at the same location at the end of 2014. This is under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries life or up to 40 years imprisonment or a fine, with properties used or intended for carrying out the offence seized upon conviction.

For the fourth charge, Radin Imran was alleged to possess a book titled “Hakikat Islam & Hakikat Syirik” by Abu Sulaiman Aman Abdurrahman, linked to the Islamic State, at the same location on May 17 and May 19 between 10.45am and 2.30pm.

This charge falls under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which entails seven years of imprisonment or a fine and seizure of the material used.

His son, Radin Romyullah, was charged with two offences, including swearing allegiance to Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi and possessing an external hard disc containing materials related to the Islamic State and its activities.

He allegedly committed these acts at the same location between the end of 2014 and May 17 this year and was charged under Section 130J(1)(a) and Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code.

He faces life imprisonment, or up to 40 years imprisonment with a fine, or up to seven years imprisonment with a fine.

Rosna and her daughters, Farhah Sobrina and Mariah, were charged with deliberately omitting to provide information regarding crimes related to the ideology of terrorism.

They allegedly committed this offence under Section 130M of the Penal Code at the same location between April 2017 and May 17 this year. They face a prison sentence of up to seven years and a fine upon conviction.

All five understood the charges against them, and Che Wan Zaidi set July 31 for the case remention.

No bail was offered, and Che Wan Zaidi advised the family to appoint a lawyer or represent themselves.

Attorney General’s Chambers serious crimes unit Deputy Public Prosecutors Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam and Fazeedah Faik prosecuted the cases.

Two policemen, Constable Ahmad Azza Fahmi Azhar, 22, and Constable Muhamad Syafiq Ahmad Said, 24, died in the Ulu Tiram police station attack on May 17.

Two gunshots injured Corporal Mohd Hasif Roslan, 38, another police officer, in the shoulder and hip.

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