PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here today enhanced the jail sentence of a house builder, convicted of providing support to Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria, from five to 12 years.
Justice Ahmadi Asnawi led a three-member bench which also comprised Vernon Ong Lam Kiat and Zamani A.Rahim, in making the decision on Muhammad Kasyfullah Kasim, 38.
“We unanimously agree with the prosecution that the sentence imposed by the Kuala Lumpur High Court was inadequate for such a serious offence,” said Ahmadi.
The court ordered Kasyfullah to serve his term from the date of his arrest on Nov 27, 2014.
On May 3, Kasyfullah pleaded guilty to supporting terrorists in their use of firearms to promote an ideology intended to incite the people of Syria.
He entered Syria via Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, between Dec 28, 2013 and April 7, 2014.
The charge under Section 130J(1)(b) of the Penal Code, carries life imprisonment or a maximum of 30 years’ jail or a fine and forfeiture of any asset used in the commission of the offence.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurshafini Mustafha emphasised on the seriousness of Kasyfullah’s offence, submitting that he had undergone military training with other friends in Syria.
She said the respondent had also taken part in the war and shooting, in the four months he was in Syria.
“The respondent had also promoted the ideology through photographs uploaded in his Facebook account while in Syria, between Dec 28, 2013 and April 7, 2014,” she said.
Nurshafini further submitted that Kasyfullah might, with his experience and involvement in Syria, bring the ideology here and recruit the local people to create unrest.
However, counsel Azizzul Shariman Mat Yusoff submitted that Kasyfullah had repented, hence the reason why he had returned to Malaysia.
“He is no longer involved in such activities. His involvement was only in Syria and there is no proof that he had committed the offence in this country,” submitted Azizzul.
He added that Kasyfullah, since returning to Malaysia, had never uploaded any of his photographs in Syria, on his Facebook.
“He has repented, so the 15 years proposed by the prosecution is excessive,” the lawyer said.