Militant's bride-to-be loses appeal

Militant's bride-to-be loses appeal
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PUTRAJAYA - The Court of Appeal has upheld a 25-year-old woman's two-year jail sentence for attempting to marry a militant to support the Islamic State movement.

The appeal by the prosecution for a heavier sentence was dismissed yesterday by a three-man panel led by Justice Mohtarudin Baki.

This is the first IS-related case to be heard in the Court of Appeal in Malaysia.

Ummi Kalsom Bahak was charged on Nov 1, 2014 with offering support, including agreeing to marry known militant Aqif Huessin Rahaizat, 25, by boarding an AirAsia flight to Brunei on her journey to Istanbul.

Dressed in a brown tudung and red baju kurung, she looked relieved as the decision was read out and immediately thanked the judges.

The credit control assistant who worked in Damansara was arrested at the Immigration counter at KLIA2 at about 5.20am on Oct 5 last year.

In April, she was sentenced to two years' imprisonment by the High Court.

The woman, who is the third of six siblings, had claimed trial in the Sessions Court when she was charged under Section 130J of the Penal Code for aiding and assisting in terror activities.

She changed her plea when the case was brought before the High Court.

She faced an alternative charge of flying from KLIA2 to Brunei to give support to IS by entering Syria after flying from Brunei to Istanbul and to marry Aqif Huessin for the benefit of the militant group.

DPP Nurshafini Mustafha prosecuted the case while Ummi Kalsom was represented by Datuk Hanif Hassan.

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