Factory worker cries after being sentenced to 8 years' jail for supporting ISIS

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A factory technician began crying in the dock when he was sentenced to eight years' jail by the High Court here after he pleaded guilty to two counts of giving support to militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and having various items related to it.

Muhammad Safuan Mohd, 29, was sentenced to eight years' jail for pledging his loyalty to ISIS through a Telegram chat group known as Gagak Hitam (Black Crow), using the name Abu Marwan Salaki.

He received another three years' jail for possessing 72 videos, 19 photographs, and 419 documents related to ISIS on his mobile phone.

Justice Azman Abdullah, who said the accused's actions could affect the country's peace and stability, ordered the sentences to run concurrently from Oct 6 last year.

The prosecution had urged the court to impose a harsher sentence to serve as a deterrent to the accused and others.