KUALA LUMPUR: An oil palm plantation operator was sentenced to five years jail by the High Court here today for giving militant training to individuals willing to participate in terrorist activities.
Judge Datuk Mohd Shariff Abu Samah handed down the sentence on Muamar Gadaffi Mohamad Shafawi, 32, who pleaded guilty to the charge, to be served from the date of arrest on June 13, 2014.
When handing down the sentence, Mohd Shariff said the offence committed by the accused was despicable as it was strongly condemned by the local community and also the world.
“As a young offender and a first offender, the accused has to reflect on himself. A long imprisonment will not bring good to the accused and the public. A short imprisonment will enable the accuse to learn more about religion when he is released,” he added.
Muamar Gadaffi was charged with committing the offence with intention to promote the ideology, an act deemed as promoting violence to intimidate the public in Syria.
The offence was committed at Bukit Ara Para, Kampung Ketior Dalam, Mukim Senggang, Kuala Kangsar, between 2pm and 4pm on Dec 24 to 27, 2014.
According to the facts of the case, Muamar Gadaffi had opened a Facebook account on May 16, 2012, using the name “Iskandar Dzulquranain IS’ to spread the militant Islamic State (IS) ideology.
Following investigation, it was found that he was active on the social web and tried to spread the IS ideology to the local young people. He also provided military training to his friends by using home-made riffles.
Muamar Gadaffi was arrested on June 13, 2014 at Lorong 57 Blok 149 Jalan Utara, Taman Indah Jaya, Sandakan, Sabah.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Robert Pasang Alam (Rpt: Robert Pasang Alam), who prosecuted, said the offence committed by the accused was very serious as it was a security offence.
During mitigation, counsel Mohd Amirul Ramli said the long remand period of one year and eight months was a lesson enough for the accused, who is married with two children.- BERNAMA