2 businessmen plead not guilty to supporting Islamic State

is-businesmanKUALA LUMPUR: Two businessmen pleaded not guilty in the High Court here today to two counts of giving support to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Hizmi Razli Abdul Rahim, 33, and Tengku Shukri Che Engku Hashim, 31, made the plea after the charges were read to them separately before Judicial Commissioner Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Their cases, transferred from the Kota Bharu Magistrate’s Court, were mentioned for the first time at the High Court here today.

On the first count, Hizmi Razli and Tengku Shukri were charged with knowingly giving support to the IS militant group through the Telegram application on their mobile phones under the “Gagak Hitam” Group.

Hizmi Razli was charged with committing the offence at Kampung Pulau Kapas, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, at 12.37am on March 30, while Tengku Shukri was alleged to have committed the offence at Taman Tanjung Mas, Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, at 5.08pm the same day.

They were also charged with giving support to terrorist acts with the use of explosives with the intention to further the ideology, an act that can be regarded as intending to disrupt public order in Malaysia through the Telegram application of the ‘amanah (phb) vs pas’ group.

Hizmi Razli was alleged to have committed the second offence in Kampung Pulau Kapas at 3.32am on June 28, 2016, while Tengku Shukri at Taman Tanjong Mas, Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan, between 3.18am and 11.27pm the same day.

They were charged under Section 130J(1)(a) and Section 130J(1)(b) of the Penal Code which provides life imprisonment, or imprisonment for up to 30 years, or with a fine, and forfeiture of any items used in the commission of the offence, if found guilty.

The court set May 12 for mention.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Muhammad Fadzlan Mohd Noor, while Hizmi Razli and Tengku Shukri were unrepresented.