KUALA LUMPUR: A trader was sentenced to 13 years' jail after he pleaded guilty to three counts of committing Islamic State (IS) related offences over the Movida pub bombing.
Mohd Shaifful Shahril Ramli was jailed eight years for providing support to the IS group via Telegram application under the chat group, "amanah (phb) v. pas", using the Anonymous name in his handphone.
On the second charge, Mohd Shaifful, 29, was jailed 13 years for giving support to the commission of a terrorist act involving the use of explosives with intent to threaten the public via the Telegram application.
For the third charge, he was sentenced to two years for possessing a sweater and a flag with the IS logo.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Ab Karim Ab Rahman ordered the three sentences to run concurrently from July 19, last year, the day Mohd Shaifful was detained.
He said there were too many people giving support to the IS group and if the court did not stop these actions, they would encourage others to commit the offences.
"The Movida pub bombing was derived from an act of giving support and the court should take into consideration public interest and the seriousness of the case.
"Your name was added in the Telegram chat group by Wanndy who was a terrorist, and you should know who Wanndy is," the judge said, adding that the court could not accept the accused's reason of not having met the chat group members.
According to the facts of the case, the accused was added in the chat group by Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, 27, who was in Syria on June 18, 2016.
Muhammad Wanndy had joined IS group since early 2015 and had recruited Malaysians to become IS members in Syria.
Mohd Shaifful committed the offence at No 3, Lorong Indah 1, Kampung Sri Indah B, Sungai Buloh between June 18, 2016 and July 22, 2016.
In mitigation, Mohd Shaifful's counsel K. A. Ramu said Mohd Shaifful had never met members in the chat group and they were only chatting via the application.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Noor Syazwani Mohamad Sobry urged the court to mete out a deterrent sentence in view of the increasing number of terrorist related cases.