Malaysian duo get 5 years after pleading guilty to ISIS link

Malaysian duo get 5 years after pleading guilty to ISIS link

KUALA LUMPUR - A financial consultant and a chef were sentenced to five years' jail each by the High Court here to three charges relating to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Justice Azman Abdullah jailed Rohaimi Abd Rahim to three years for soliciting ­property for the benefit of IS in Syria via the Revolusi Islam blog.

Mohamad Fauzi Misrak was also sentenced to three years' jail for abetting Rohaimi by allowing his Maybank account to be used in the blog as a medium to solicit property.

The offence was committed at No.5B, Jalan Raja Ali, Kampung Baru here between March 29 and Oct 13, 2014.

Justice Azman also sentenced both to two years' imprisonment each for jointly arranging to facilitate acquisition and control of property for the group. They committed the offence at the Subang Jaya Maybank branch between December 2013 and July 2014.

He sentenced Rohaimi, 38, and Mohamad Fauzi, 36, after both pleaded guilty to the charges yesterday. The judge also instructed the sentences to run concurrently from the day both were arrested on Oct 13, 2014.

In passing sentence, Justice Azman said Rohaimi and Mohamad Fauzi should focus on their responsibilities to their own families first before deciding to go to Syria. He said it was not proper to go to a country at war as the situation was different from our country.

"Even when you ask your parents for permission, they will not allow you to go," he said.

Based on the statement of facts, Rohaimi first knew Mohamad Fauzi through Mohamad Fauzi's wife A'aidah Saiddudin and both met here on Oct 11, 2014.

Rohaimi received's ID and password, SIM card and Maybank ATM card owned by Mohamad Fauzi and his wife via Poslaju service. By the time he received these items, Mohamad Fauzi was already in Syria.

Earlier in mitigation, counsel Mohd Fitri Asmuni, who acted for both, said Mohamad Fauzi was married and had four small children while Rohaimi was not married.

Mohd Fitri said that before both were detained, Mohamad Fauzi was a chef while Rohaimi was a financial consultant.

He said both were first-time offenders and they had repented.

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