Court of Appeal upholds Movida bombers’ 25-year jail sentence

Imam Wahyudin Karjono (left) and Jonius Ondie @ Jahali were jailed for 25 years for committing a terrorist act by exploding a grenade at Movida nightclub in Puchong in 2016.

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today upheld the 25 years’ jail on two men for committing a terrorist act by exploding a grenade at Movida nightclub in Puchong in 2016, injuring eight people.

Justice Yaacob Md Sam, who led a three-member bench, unanimously dismissed the appeals by Imam Wahyudin Karjono and Jonius Ondie @ Jahali on the sentence after ruling that they did not have merit.

“We find that the trial judge did not err in sentencing the appellants to 25 years jail,” said Yaacob, who presided on the bench with Zabariah Mohd Yusof and P Ravinthran.

Imam Wahyudin, 23, from Puchong, and Jonius, 27, a Sabahan, were appealing against the High Court decision in 2017 to sentence them to 25 years’ jail after they pleaded guilty to the charge of throwing the hand grenade at Movida Boulevard Sdn Bhd entertainment centre at IOI Boulevard in Bandar Puchong Jaya, Puchong, at 2am on June 28, 2016.

They were also sentenced to an additional 10 years’ jail each for giving support to the Islamic State (IS).

Eight people were hurt when the two men hurled a grenade at Movida nightclub in Puchong in 2016.

High Court judge Nordin Hassan had ordered the two men to serve the jail sentences concurrently from the date of their arrest. Imam Wahyudin, a factory worker, was arrested on June 29, 2016, and Jonius, unemployed, on July 1, 2016.

Both men, who were unrepresented, pleaded to the court to lower their jail sentences.

Deputy public prosecutor K Mangai urged the court to maintain the 25 years’ jail as the offence they committed was serious. He said eight people were injured and the explosion had also caused damage to property.