Three men charged in Malaysia for allegedly supporting Islamic State

Cake shop assistant Mohammad Na'im Abd Rashid being led out of the court room on Tuesday. Mohammad Na'im was one of three men charged for allegedly supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Cake shop assistant Mohammad Na'im Abd Rashid being led out of the court room on Tuesday. Mohammad Na'im was one of three men charged for allegedly supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Two men were brought to the Sessions Court Tuesday over charges of channelling funds to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group through a blog.

Financial consultant Rohaimi Abd Rahim, 37, and car salesman Muhamad Fauzi Misrak, 34, were accused of funding ISIS through their blog Revolusi Islam.

They were alleged to have committed the offence at a house on Jalan Raja Ali, in Kampung Baru, between March 29 and Oct 13.

No plea was recorded; though the men nodded to show they understood the charges.

The offence under Section 130G(c) of the Penal Code is punishable by up to 30 years prison and a fine.

Deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Nadia Mohd Izhar acted for the prosecution, while Rohaimi was represented by lawyers Mohd Fitri Asmuni and Abdul Halem Husni. Muhamad Fauzi was unrepresented.

Magistrate Erry Shahriman Nor Aripin did not allow bail, and fixed Dec 19 for mention to transfer the case to High Court.

Meanwhile, a cake shop assistant was also charged in the Sepang Sessions Court with traveling to Syria to aid ISIS.

Mohammad Na'im Abd Rashid, 26, was accused of attempting to board a Syria-bound Qatar Airway flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport between Dec 28 last year and April 7.

No plea was recorded.

The offence under Section 130J of the Penal Code is punishable by up to 30 years prison to life, a fine or confiscation of any assets suspected of being used for terrorist activities.

DPP Iznina Hanim Hashim requested that no bail be given and applied to have the case transfered to the High Court.

Judge Noor Hafizah Mohd. Salim, who acted in the capacity of a magistrate as the Sepang Court did not have a magistrate, denied bail and set the case for mention on Dec 15.