KUALA LUMPUR: A housewife was given a discharge, but not amounting to an acquittal by the High Court here today on a charge of abetting a
former Internal Security act (ISA) detainee in promoting terrorist activities in Syria.
Judge Datuk Mohd Azman Hussin made the decision after the prosecution, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Mohd Farizul Hassan Bakri, informed the court that Halimah Hussin, 54, still failed to be in court today.
He said it was the third time that she had failed to present herself in court for proceeding of the case since it was sent back to the High Court for
hearing by the Federal Court.
The court also ordered a warrant of arrest, dated June 18 last year, issued against the woman to be revoked.
Prior to that, Mohd Azman wanted to know efforts made to track down the woman and Mohd Farizul said police intercepted communication between the accused and her family members.
“The police also work with Interpol, but still failed to locate her whereabouts,” he added.
Halimah and former ISA detainee Muhammad Hilmi Hasim were charged with abetting to promote an ideology intended to incite the people of Syria to commit terrorist acts.
They were charged with committing the offence at Taman Bukit Ampang, Lembah Jaya, Ampang near here between Aug 1 and Oct 20.
The charge, under Section 109 of the Penal Code, provides an imprisonment for up to 30 years, if found guilty.- BERNAMA