Indonesian charged with possessing IS resources

PHOTO: The Straits Times

PONTIAN - An Indonesian has been charged in a magistrate's court here with possessing resources of the Islamic State in his mobile phone.

Like most Indonesians who only go by one name, Ihsan, 31, appeared calm in front of magistrate Azlan Bohari and nodded after the charge was read out to him.

He was alleged to have owned a mobile phone with 196 images and 200 videos of IS and its activities.

According to the charge sheet, Ihsan was found in possession of the mobile phone at Kampung Parit Abdul Rahman near Benut on Dec 1.

He was charged under Section 130JB (1) (a) of the Penal Code which carries a maximum imprisonment of up to seven years or a fine and the forfeiture of item upon conviction.

No plea was recorded. Azlan set Jan 28 for the next mention. The Deputy Public Prosecutor was Suhaili Sapun while Ihsan was not represented.

In an unrelated case, a police personnel was reinstated after the Johor Baru High Court found his 2011 dismissal by the state police disciplinary board as unconstitutional.

L/Kpl Simon Sandom, 35, had filed a certiorari order to quash the decision on his dismissal. His lawyer Ebrina Zubir argued that Simon, previously attached with the Nusajaya police district, was not given a fair chance to clear his name by the board. There was a delay in the board decision as he had failed his urine test in 2005 but was only given a show cause letter in 2010 before being dismissed a year later.

"My client was not given an opportunity to defend himself. During his disciplinary hearing, a medical officer was called by the board without giving notice to him," she said.

High Court judge Teo Say Eng then ruled in favour of Simon and also ordered the force to pay him RM8,000 with an interest of 4 per cent from the date of his dismissal from June 21, 2011 until he is back on duty.

Senior Federal Counsel Thalha Bachok prosecuted the case.