25 years for Movida bombers
Judge says attack is the most serious terror-related crime in Malaysia
FOR their involvement in the Movida nightclub grenade attack on June 28 last year, Islamic State supporters Imam Wahyudin Karjono, 21, and Jonius Ondie @ Jahali, 25, were each sentenced to 25 yearsʼ jail. Eight people were injured in the first-ever terror bombing carried out in the country.
THEY were calm, remorseful and no longer smiling when they were sentenced to 25 years’ jail by the High Court for bombing the Movida nightspot in Puchong last year.
The two Islamic State supporters, who carried out the first terror bombing in Malaysia at the nightspot, were a stark contrast to when they were first charged in the Petaling Jaya courts on July 25 last year.
Wearing white skullcaps, and sometimes turning back to look at the public gallery to nod at a handful of friends who had gathered, and occasionally talking to one another, Imam Wahyudin Karjono, 21, and Jonius Ondie @ Jahali, 25, looked remorseful.
In sentencing both men, judge Datuk Nordin Hassan said the bombing caused chaos and injuries, some serious, to eight people who were at the nightspot.
Imam and Jonius were also sentenced to 10 years’ jail each for supporting terror activities, after they pleaded guilty.
Nordin ordered the sentences to run concurrently from the dates of their arrests. Imam was arrested on June 29 last year and Jonius on July 1 last year.
Factory worker Imam and unemployed Jonius had been charged with supporting terror activities for throwing a hand grenade and injuring eight people at the Movida pub in Puchong about 2am on June 28 last year.
Imam was also charged with spreading terror ideology through the Telegram app at his home in C4-19, Block Chempaka, Jalan Indah 1, Puchong Indah, Puchong, between March 25 and June 28 last year.
Jonius was also accused of supporting terror acts with the intention to further an ideology to threaten the people of Malaysia via Telegram.
He allegedly committed the offence at a house in Jalan Sungai Condong 3, Bandar Armada Putra, Pulau Indah here, between March 25 and July 1 last year.
Lawyer Wan Azwan Aiman Wan Fakhruddin, who represented Imam, said in mitigation that his client did not come from a privileged background and shortly before his arrest, he was selling mobile phones and made RM500 monthly. When Imam was arrested, he was just 20 years old.
“Imam also failed all the subjects he sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination. He was providing financial assistance to his aged mother, who works as a cleaner at a private clinic.”
Immediately after Azwan had finished, Imam told the court from the dock that he regretted his action, was remorseful and would not commit a similar offence again.
“I have my responsibilities towards my family.”
Jonius’s lawyer, P.A. Sharon, told the court that her client had carried out the attack under the instruction of Malaysian IS member Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi.
She said Wanndy brainwashed Jonius, and that her client could not differentiate right from wrong.
“Jonius had only studied up to Year Two and had converted to Islam in 2012 to have a sense of belonging.
“He also enrolled in a religious school in Kelantan, but dropped out as he could not afford to pay for his education.
“Jonius, who did contract work in the Klang Valley to support himself, comes from a humble background and lost his father when he was only 4.”
Sharon said Jonius was the fourth of six children and had a disabled sibling. Life was hard for him and his family as they were poor.
Deputy public prosecutor Saiful Edris Zainuddin, in requesting for deterrent sentences, said the men had initially pleaded guilty when they were charged in July last year, and had claimed trial and, yesterday, they had decided to plead guilty again.
“They withdrew their plea of innocence on the second day of trial, where eight witnesses were called to testify.
“No leniency should be given in sentencing because the men had changed their plea.
“The accused should be given 25 years’ jail each for hurling the hand grenade and 20 years’ jail each for supporting terror activities.
“The jail terms should run consecutively,” said Saiful.
In his judgment, Nordin said he had decided that a deterrent sentence was needed.
“Out of the eight, some were seriously injured, some maimed, while others were hit by bomb shrapnel.
“The act of throwing a hand grenade is a very serious crime, and the bombing of the Movida nightspot was, in fact, the most serious terror-related crime in Malaysia.
“By imposing deterrent sentences for the crimes committed by the both of you, I am also sending a message to others, including your comrades who want to continue fighting for terror,” he said. Page 1 pic: Policemen escorting Jonius Ondie @ Jahali (second from right) and Imam Wahyudin Karjono (second from left) out of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur.
The Movida nightspot in Puchong, which was bombed on June 28 last year.