2 friends charged with try­ing to en­ter Syria

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Two friends were charged at the Ses­sions Court yes­ter­day with three counts of ter­ror-re­lated of­fences.

Mo­hamad Awang, 41, and In­done­sian An­war, 28, nod­ded to in­di­cate they un­der­stood the charges read to them be­fore judge Za­man Mohd Noor.

Mo­hamad, a tech­ni­cian, was charged with at­tempt­ing to en­ter war-torn Syria with the in­ten­tion to com­mit ter­ror acts. He al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence at Crys­tal Crown Ho­tel in Jalan Jambu Mawar, off Jalan Ke­pong Utama here, at noon on Feb 21.

An­war, who was a farmer in In­done­sia, was charged with a sim­i­lar of­fence and an­other count of pos­sess­ing a video on his smart­phone re­lated to the Is­lamic State ter­ror group at the same place and time.

Za­man did not al­low bail and fixed April 28 for men­tion. He or­dered both ac­cused to ap­point a lawyer be­fore the case was trans­ferred to the High Court.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Nur­faida Mohd Rashidee pros­e­cuted.

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