Malaysian commando charged with possessing printed ISIS material

A Malaysian army commando from Kedah was charged with possessing prohibited printed material relating to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015.
A Malaysian army commando from Kedah was charged with possessing prohibited printed material relating to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

MALACCA - A 28-year-old army commando from Kedah was charged at a magistrate's court on Tuesday (Oct 6) for possession of prohibited printed material relating to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group.

No plea was recorded from Muhammad Adibzakir Zahri, 28, of the Commando 21 Regiment Camp in Sungai Udang here, reported The Star Online.

Magistrate Mohd Asri Abd Rahman Sidik set Nov 5 for mention and to hear an application to transfer the case to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

The ISIS terrorist group appears to have made significant inroads into Muslim-majority Malaysia, prompting a crackdown by the authorities that has seen multiple arrests in 2015.

On Sept 15, two Malaysian commandos were charged separately at a magistrate's court in Kota Tinggi, Johor Baru, in connection with activities related to ISIS. Earlier in the same month, an architect and a technician each received a two-year jail term after they were arrested at KL International Airport last year for trying to leave Malaysia for Syria to fight for ISIS.

On August 20, Malaysian police said they had arrested and were investigating 10 Malaysians suspected of links to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), among them six members of the country's security forces.The others arrested were two civil servants, a former interior designer and a kindergarten teacher.

Prior to that, on April 25 and 26, twelve militant suspects were arrested after police suspected them of plotting attacks on strategic targets and governmental interests around the Klang Valley. Just 10 days before, Malaysia detained 95 people with suspected links to ISIS militants, according to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

On April 15, Malaysian police said they were tracing the whereabouts of three locals suspected of being supporters of ISIS and who were large after returning from Syria recently. And on April 13, Malaysian officials said about 70 army personnel were found to be involved with the ISIS militant group.

On March 3, a housewife said to be an ISIS recruiter and a civil servant were among three people detained for links to ISIS, and in February, the police detained a 14-year-old girl suspected of trying to join the terror group to marry a 22-year-old Malaysian student in Cairo. Earlier in February, a former ISIS commander was detained by Malaysia counter-terrorism police while on transit through Kuala Lumpur.

At the start of the year, a 27-year-old woman who married an ISIS fighter over Skype was arrested along with a public university student who was influenced by ISIS.