Preacher jailed for possession of terrorism-related material


KUALA LUMPUR: A Muslim preacher was sentenced to two years’ jail by the High Court here today after he pleaded guilty to possessing material related to acts of terrorism in March.

Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan ordered the accused, Anwar Ab Rawi, 40, of Kuala Terengganu, to serve his prison sentence starting from the date of arrest on March 22, 2016.

Nordin said the court was serious in addressing issues related to terrorism.

Anwar committed the offence by having in his possession a book entitled “Misteri Pasukan Panji Hitam” (Rahsia Thaifah Manahumah-Kumpulan Elit Pasukan Islam) and four still images on his mobile phone at a house located in Lot 12389, Taman Manir Indah, Kampung Banggol Tuan Muda, Kuala Terengganu, at 8.48am on March 22, 2016.

All the items were related to terrorism and terrorist groups, namely Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), al Qaeda (AQ) and Daesh.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohamad Mustaffa P Kunyalam prosecuted while lawyer Saiffuddin Othman represented the accused.