KUALA LUMPUR: A witness told the High Court here today that former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee Yazid Sufaat had experience in jihad, military training in Afghanistan and met Osama Bin Laden.
Muhamad Razin Sharhan Mustafa Kamal, 24, who had previously been detained in Beirut, Lebanon on suspicion of involvement with Al-Qaeda, said he met Yazid, 51, for the first time at Hotel D’Palma Ampang in May, 2012.
“When we met, he related to me his jihad experience, including climbing mountains and undergoing various challenges during military training in
Afghanistan. He told me he met Osama but did not divulge the location,” said Muhamad Razin at Yazid and cafeteria assistant Muhammad Hilmi Hasim’s trial.
Yazid is facing two charges of promoting terrorism to incite the public in Syria, and being a member of the Tanzim Al Qaeda Malaysia, while Muhammad Hilmi, 35, is accused of abetting him.
They allegedly committed the offences at a house in Taman Bukit Ampang, Lorong Mutiara 2, Lembah Jaya, Ampang near here between Aug 1, 2012 and Feb 7, 2013.
The witness said his meeting with Yazid was conducted publicly with others whom he did not recognise including Halimah Hussein, around.
Halimah was acquitted of a charge of conspiring with Yazid after she went missing.
Mohamad Razin who was the prosecution’s 25th witness said he became familiar with Yazid after browsing the internet and locating his Facebook account.
“I was looking for Yazid because I wanted to know him and about his jihad experience and to get some connections with people in Syria,” he said.
Asked by deputy public prosecutor Ishak Mohd Yusof whether he and Yazid met again, the witness said they did. He said Yazid invited him for usrah (gathering for religious activities) at his house in Ampang on July 7, 2012.
“I was not familiar with the location but Yazid sent Hilmi and Razif to fetch me at Ampang LRT. I came from Trolak, Perak using public transport and
arrived at Yazid’s house at 9 am before the usrah began,” he said.
Muhamad Razin said talks were presented on ‘The Key to Heaven’ and ‘System of Democracy’ during the usrah which went on for one hour.
Earlier in response to a question from Ishak, the witness agreed that he did go to Turkey with Razif Mohd Arif, 33, on Oct 3, 2012.
“I did not inform my parents about it because I knew they would oppose it. But I did inform Yazid and he knew my intention of going to Turkey, to enter Syria illegally,” he said.
The hearing continues tomorrow before Justice Datuk Mohd Azman Husin.- BERNAMA