Wife jailed for giving IS militant shelter

KUALA LUMPUR - The wife of an Islamic State terrorist was jailed six months by the High Court here for harbouring her husband.

Justice Kamardin Hashim meted out the sentence against chief clerk Poziah Harun, 42, after she pleaded guilty to the charge yesterday.

Justice Kamardin said that the court viewed the case seriously and took into consideration public interest as it involved national security.

He said not knowing the law was not a reason to commit crime.

"Although you are protecting your husband, it is a serious offence," he said.

"IS is not only in the Middle East but also in our country. It can cause destruction and we do not want this to happen here.

"The court views that six months' imprisonment is proper and appropriate," he added.

He instructed the sentence against Poziah to run from Aug 19, this year - the day she was detained.

She was charged on Sept 16 at the Sungai Petani magistrate's court for harbouring Zulqarnain Ghaz Abd Ghani, whom she knew to have committed terrorist acts.

She committed the offence at Poliklinik Azhar & Rakan-Rakan at Jalan Masjid, Taman Pekan Baru, Sungai Petani in Kedah between September and December 2014.

Earlier, in asking for leniency, Poziah's lawyer Mohd Hazrin Alif Wahab said that Poziah had three children - two daughters and a son - from a previous marriage and that currently her children were staying with her former husband in Shah Alam.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin told the court that it was a known fact that harbouring a terrorist was a serious offence and should not be viewed lightly.

On a separate matter, it has been clarified that two camps training children by the IS are located in Syria and not in Kazakhstan as reported on Monday.

Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayob Khan said the camps were set up to train children from all over the world, including those from South-East Asia.