KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A 29-year-old trader has been sentenced to 13 years' jail after he pleaded guilty to three counts of committing ISIS-related offences in connection with the bombing of a nightclub in Puchong, a town near here in Selangor, in June last year.
Mohd Shaifful Shahril Ramli was jailed eight years for providing support to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group as part of a chat group in the Telegram application.
On another charge, he was jailed 13 years for giving support to the commission of a terrorist act involving the use of explosives with intent to threaten the public via the Telegram application.
He was sentenced to two years on the third charge for possessing a sweater and a flag with the ISIS logo.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Ab Karim Ab Rahman ordered the three sentences to run concurrently from July 19 last year, the day Mohd Shaifful was detained.
He said there were too many people giving support to ISIS and if the court did not stop these actions, it would encourage others to commit similar offences.
"The Movida pub bombing was derived from an act of giving support and the court should take into consideration public interest and the seriousness of the case.
"Your name was added in the Telegram chat group by Wanndy who was a terrorist, and you should know who Wanndy is," the judge said, adding that the court could not accept the accused's reason of not having met the chat group members.
According to the facts of the case, the accused was added in the chat group by Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, 27, who was in Syria on June 18 last year.
Muhammad Wanndy joined ISIS in early 2015 and recruited Malaysians to become ISIS members in Syria. Mohd Shaifful committed the offences at No. 3, Lorong Indah 1, Kampung Sri Indah B, Sungai Buloh between June 18 and July 22 last year.
In mitigation, Mohd Shaifful's counsel K.A. Ramu said his client had never met members in the chat group and they were chatting only via the application.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Noor Syazwani Mohamad Sobry urged the court to mete out a deterrent sentence in view of the increasing number of terrorism-related cases.