7 years' jail for man who let terrorists use bank account

Bukhori Che Noor allowed money to be deposited into and transferred out of his bank account on the instructions of a Malaysian terrorist in Syria who recruits and sources funds for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Bukhori Che Noor allowed money to be deposited into and transferred out of his bank account on the instructions of a Malaysian terrorist in Syria who recruits and sources funds for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR • A 35-year-old technician has been sentenced to seven years' jail for directly providing financial services for terrorist purposes, while three policemen in neighbouring Indonesia were injured yesterday in a machete attack by a suspected ISIS member.

The attack at the Banyumas police station was carried out by Muhammad Ibnu Dar, 21. He was subdued by about 10 other police officers at the station, Indonesian media reported.

At the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday, Bukhori Che Noor pleaded guilty to allowing money to be deposited into and transferred out of his bank account on the instructions of Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, a Malaysian in Syria who recruits and sources funds for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Bukhori committed the offence at the Maybank branch at the Prai Industrial Estate in Penang between November 2015 and June 30 last year.

In his ruling, Justice Azman Abdullah said the accused should know the difference between good and bad before getting himself involved in supporting terrorism.

"The Islamic State is a new threat to the country after communism in the early years, and anything related to terror offences is bad," he added.

According to the statement of facts, a protected witness confirmed that Bukhori was a member of the Gagak Hitam (Black Crow) Telegram chat group, linked to Wanndy.

The witness also confirmed that on March 26 last year, Wanndy had directed members of the chat group to deposit RM11,090 (S$3,500) into Bukhori's bank account in stages.

Bukhori was the first in Malaysia to be sentenced for a terror-financing offence.

Wanndy, 26, is one of Malaysia's most-wanted terrorists.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2017, with the headline '7 years' jail for man who let terrorists use bank account'. Print Edition | Subscribe