KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27, 2016:
Former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee Yazid Sufaat was sentenced to seven years in jail after he pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of omitting to provide information concerning terrorism activities.
The member of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) Malaysia together with another individual, cafeteria helper, Muhammad Hilmi Hashim, 36, were given the maximum jail sentence for their offence and were ordered to serve their jail time from the date of arrest on Feb 7, 2013.
This came 33 days after the trial for the duo on a charge for their involvement in activities promoting terrorism began a while ago.
Prior to the alternative charge today, the duo, originally faced two counts of charges — one for promoting commission of terrorist acts and another for being a member of a terrorist group.
However, both only pleaded guilty before High Court judge Datuk Mohd Azman Husin this morning to the alternative charge that was read out to the accused.
The 52-year-old bespectacled Yazid merely nodded when asked on his plea and similarly, Muhammad Hilmi also nodded to indicate his plea to the alternative charge.
Their offence is punishable under Section 130M of the Penal Code that provides a maximum jail sentence up to seven years, or a fine, or both if convicted.
They were charged with omitting to give information concerning terrorism at DL 11, Taman Bukit Ampang, Lorong Mutiara 2, Lembah Jaya, Ampang, between May and October 2012.
According to the facts of case, the duo omitted to give information to the authorities concerning two men, Razif Mohd Ariff and Muhammad Razin Sharhan Mustaffa Kamal, despite knowing the latter two were heading to Syria for terrorist acts.
Yazid, a former ISA detainee who was released in Nov 28, 2008, has an obligation to alert the authorities should he know of any activities that are detrimental to the country’s safety as that was part of the agreement for his release.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Hilmi also failed to provide information of the two who flew out of Malaysia with intent to fight in Syria against President Bashar Al-Assad.
After listening to mitigation and submission by both parties, Azman imposed the maximum jail sentence saying that it was a serious offence.
The duo were represented by counsel Amer Hamzah Arshad while deputy public prosecutor Datuk Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria prosecuted.