Malaysian duo jailed for trying to support ISIS

KUALA LUMPUR • An architect and a technician arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last year have been given two years' jail for attempting to support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement.

Mohd Syafrein Rasid and Mohamad Yusoffe, both 27, were trying to leave Malaysia on a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept 25 last year, with the intention of travelling on to Syria.

According to the prosecution, the two men became interested in issues revolving around Muslims' struggles in the Middle East and Africa, and decided to learn more about the religion.

They started looking for references from the Internet and social media sites where they found netizens who influenced them to join other ISIS supporters.

Besides Facebook, WhatsApp chatrooms served as a means of connecting and sharing their ideas about ISIS .

Both of them allegedly expressed support and willingness to die for ISIS.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shahruddin Wan Ladin urged the court to impose a deterrent punishment, drawing murmurs from the men's family members present.

"A deterrent punishment is needed to prevent fighters, and future fighters, from going to Syria and becoming national threats when they return home..." he said.

High Court judge Justice Kamardin Hashim yesterday ordered Syafrein and Yusoffe's jail terms to be dated from the time of their arrest last year.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline 'Malaysian duo jailed for trying to support ISIS'. Print Edition | Subscribe