Indonesian labourer charged for supporting the ISIS terrorist group

An Indonesian labourer was charged in the Sessions Court here Wednesday with two counts of terrorism-related offences involving the Islamic State terrorist group which is said to have planned an attack on the Bukit Aman police headquarters last month.

Mohd Al-Arshy Mus Budiono, 23, nodded after the charges were read out to him before judge Azura Alwi.

However, no plea was recorded as the case came under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), which is under the jurisdiction of the High Court.

On the first count, Mohd Al-Arshy, was charged with knowingly giving support to the IS by possessing items relating to the group such as two flags, a bangle, a knife and a piece of cloth with the IS flag of them.

The charge, under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for life, or an imprisonment for up to 30 years, or a fine, and shall also be liable to forfeiture of any property used in connection with the offence, if found guilty. He was also charged with possession of items associated with the IS terrorist group at his kongsi house.

The charge, under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to seven years, or with fine, and shall also be liable to forfeiture of the items if found guilty.

Both offences were allegedly committed at a house in Jalan Pasir Putih Kampung Pasir Petaling, Klang Lama, on Jan 17 at 3.30pm.

Judge Azura did not allow the accused bail and set March 14 for mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Munirah Shamsudin @ Baharum prosecuted, while Mohd Al-Arshy was unrepresented.

Meanwhile, at the magistrate’s court, Mohd Al-Arshy was sentenced to four months’ jail and a stroke of the cane after he pleaded guilty to not possessing a valid document to enter the country.

Magistrate Mahyudin Mohmad Som ordered him to serve the jail sentence from the date of his arrest on Jan 17.

Mohd Al-Arshy was charged with committing the offence at a restaurant at Jalan Awan Hijau, Taman Overseas Union, Brickfields here at 3pm.

The charge, under Section 6(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, provides a fine of up to RM10,000, or imprisonment for up to five years and is liable to whipping, upon conviction.

Source: The Star