Six Malaysians charged with promoting terror

Six Malaysians charged with promoting terror

KAJANG - Six suspected militants have been charged in a magistrate's court here with promoting terrorism in the country.

Of the six, one is 17 years old while two others are brothers.

They were arrested last month in connection with an alleged plan to attack government buildings, nightclubs and other entertainment outlets.

The five adults are brothers Mohd Anwar Azmi, 33, and Mohd Nurkamal Azmi, 30, along with Mohd Hafifi Tarmizi, 25, Izwan Shameer Suzaimi, 25, and Muhammad Luqman Hakim Abdul Aziz, 22.

When the six were brought in under heavy police guard, magistrate Abdul Jalil Salam Mohamad asked DPP Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin if all of them were adults.

When told that one of them was underaged, he ordered the 17-year-old to step out of the dock.

Abdul Jalil then reminded the press not to name the youth in their media reports.

There were at least seven police officers standing on both sides of the dock when the group was charged.

Each one was asked if he understood the charges.

All replied "faham" (understood) when their names were called out.

The six were charged for being part of a conspiracy to carry out a crime to promote violent acts in Malaysia.

Promoting an act of violence in Malaysia is against Section 130(G)(a) of the Penal Code and a crime under Section 120(B)(1). If found guilty, they can be jailed for up to 30 years and fined.

The six are accused of committing the offence between April 24 and 25 at Kampung Bistari, Hulu Langat.

The brothers were represented by Nur Fazira Ahmad while the rest were unrepresented.

The magistrate refused bail and set June 22 for next mention.

Later, four women, believed to be relatives of the accused, cried out the names of the suspects as the police truck left the court with the suspects.

Last month, Bukit Aman's Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division detained 11 men at the foothills of Gunung Nuang in Hulu Langat.

They were arrested while allegedly mixing chemicals to make improvised explosive devices.

A total of 95 suspected militants have been arrested before this, bringing to 107 the number of IS-related arrests since April 2013.

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