Malaysian charged with backing IS

Malaysian charged with backing IS

SEPANG - A construction worker was brought to court here over allegations of travelling to Syria to aid the cause of the Islamic State.

Muhammad Kasyfullah Kasim, 36, was charged with entering Syria to support IS by becoming a member of the terrorist organisation.

He was given an alternative charge of entering Syria to support armed terrorism, with the intent to spread an ideological cause, and in doing so endanger the Syrian public.

The alleged offences occurred at the KL International Airport between Dec 28 last year and April 7.

The offences under Section 130J of the Penal Code for supporting terrorism are punishable by up to 30 years' jail to life, a fine or confiscation of any assets suspected of being used for terrorist activities.

No plea was recorded when the charges were read before court registrar Rozaidi Yaacob.

Muhammad Kasyfullah indicated that he understood the charges.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Afzainizam Abdul Aziz acted for the prosecution while Muhammad Kasyfullah, who is from Kedah, was unrepresented.

Registrar Rozaidi denied bail as it was a non-bailable offence and fixed Feb 13 next year for mention.

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