KUALA LUMPUR, 21 June 2017:

A former college student was sentenced to a total of 15 years’ jail by the high court here today after he pleaded guilty to three counts of indirectly dealing with terrorist property.

Judicial commissioner Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman handed down the sentence – of five years on each count – on Hasrianto Matan, 21, to be served concurrently from the date of arrest – 17 July 2016.

He was charged with committing the offence by depositing RM300, in three transactions, into a Maybank account belonging to one Bukhori Che Noor for the benefit of a terrorist by the name of Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi (Wanndy).

The offence was committed on 4 April, 1 May and 5 June 2016 at the USJ Maybank branch, Subang, Selangor.

The charges were made under Section 130Q(1) of the Penal Code – which provides an imprisonment for up to 30 years, or with fine, and shall also be liable to forfeiture of any property so dealt with.

According to the facts of the case, Hasrianto joined the Islamic State terrorist group through the Telegram application and communicated with Wanddy through the WhatsApp application.

Following a check with Maybank. it was found the account number that appeared on the transaction slips seized belonged to Bukhori – who had been instructed by Wanndy to manage and collect the funds from members in the “gagak hitam” Telegram group.

In mitigation, lawyer Faridah Mohamed, who represented Hasrianto, said it was her client’s first offence and that his initial contact with Wandy was merely to know what was happening in Syria.

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