Duo gets seven years for ‘abetting’ terrorist acts

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee Yazid Sufaat and cafeteria worker Hilmi Hashim were sentenced to seven years jail each on Wednesday for omitting to give information on terrorism acts.

They pleaded guilty to the alternative charge against them for omitting to give information under Section 130M of the Penal Code.

In a statement released by the duo’s lawyer after sentencing, they claimed the charges against them were baseless. “We have always maintained our innocence,” they said.

The prosecution dropped the main charge against the duo after main prosecution witness Mohamad Razin Mustapa Kamal’s evidence was found exculpatory (favourable) to the duo. “Because of that, we sent a representation letter to the prosecution to drop the main charges,” said lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad for the duo.

“Justice Azman Husin handed down seven years from the date of arrest, i.e. 7 February in 2013.”

According to the facts of the case, the duo omitted information to the authorities concerning two individuals, Razif Mohd Ariff and Muhammad Razin Sharhan Mustaffa Kamal, despite knowing that they were heading for Syria to commit terrorist acts.

Yazid was charged for promoting aggression with intent to incite the people of Syria and becoming a member of the ‘Tanzim al-Qaeda Malaysia’ group. Hilmi was charged with abetting him.