Home ministry: 13 Al-Ma’unah militants still in jail, none pardoned

Members of the Al-Ma’unah militant group being brought to court in August 2000. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Thirteen members of the Al-Ma’unah Islamist militant group were still behind bars as of this month while four had been sentenced to death and 10 released from prison, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

In a written reply, the home ministry said two more militants had died while receiving medical treatment.

“No one was pardoned by the Pardons Board. The opportunity for pardon or a lighter sentence is done through the fourth quarter review, according to the Prison Regulations 2000,” it said.

The ministry was replying to Ahmad Marzuk Shaary (PAS-Pengkalan Chepa), who had asked about the number of militants still in jail, and those who had been pardoned or sentenced to death.

Members of the cult sparked a major security alert in 2000 with a raid on a military armoury. Most of the 29 defendants were arrested at a jungle hideout in Perak following a four-day stand-off with security forces.

They took four hostages and killed two of them – a policeman and a soldier – before surrendering.

Their leader Mohd Amin Mohd Razali was sentenced to death for treason in 2006.