It was a tearful atmosphere at the High Court here today when a factory technician was sentenced to eight years in jail for supporting and possessing items related to Islamic State (IS) militant group last year. FILE pic

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a tearful atmosphere at the High Court here today when a factory technician was sentenced to eight years in jail for supporting and possessing items related to Islamic State (IS) militant group last year.

Muhammad Safuan Mohd, 29, clad in a white prison attire, could not hold back his tears while in the dock when Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah meted out the sentence after he pleaded guilty to the offences.

Safuan’s family, who sat in the public gallery, also burst into tears and hugged each other when he was ushered into the court’s lockup after the proceeding.

The father of two, in pleading for leniency, told the court that he was a sole breadwinner of his family and was remorseful to the crime.

“I come from a poor family and my mother had to work to support my two children.

“I will not do this again (supporting IS) next time,” he said in between sobs.

Azman, in his judgement, said supporting a militant group like IS was a serious offence as it could destabilised the nation.

“I hope you will change after serving your jail sentence. You must accept the consequences for your action,” he said.

Safuan was charged with giving support to the IS group by pledging loyalty through Telegram app in a chat group known as “Gagak Hitam” at his house in Jalan Matahari, U5/ 102, Seksyen U5, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, at 3.29am on Mar 30, 2016. He goes by the name "Abu Marwan Salaki".

The charge, under Section 130 J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, provides for life imprisonment, or not for more than 30 years, or fine and forfeiture of property used or intended to be used in connection with the commission of the offence, if convicted.

Safuan was also charged with possessing 72 video clips, 19 pictures, and 419 documents related to the IS in his mobile phone at the parking lot in Jalan Matahari, U5/ 102, Seksyen U5, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, at about 7pm on Oct 16, 2016.

The offence falls under Section 130JB (1)(a) of the same Code which carries maximum jail term of seven years, or fine and forfeiture of property used or intended to be used in connection with the commission of the offence.

The court sentenced Safuan to eight years in prison for the first charge and three years in prison for the second charge. The jail sentences will run concurrently from the date of his arrest on Oct 6, 2016.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Izhanudin Alias prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented.

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