A just punishment, says counterterrorism chief
The 25-year jail term for the Islamic State supporters who carried out the first terror bombing in Malaysia, causing injuries to eight people, is a reasonable and fair punishment.
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counterterrorism Division (SBCTD) principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said it was a “just punishment for the duo for their actions”.
“We have done our part in investigating the case and we are satisfied with the results.
“Our officers had conducted a thorough investigation and the suspects eventually pleaded guilty.
“I believe this was primarily because of the evidence that we had gathered,” he told the New Straits
Ayob said the court ruling also dismissed claims by certain quarters that police were making arbitrary arrests and trying to divert public attention by linking the attack to IS sympathisers.
“Some people had questioned the police when we arrested the IS supporters, saying that they were not guilty of doing anything.
“When we arrested the duo, some people demanded us to provide proof of their wrongdoings.
“This includes Wanndy (Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, a Malaysian IS operative in Syria), who denied giving them the instructions (to launch the attack).
“But, the court’s decision proves that their allegations are wrong... We have our basis when we make an arrest... We opened an investigation paper and brought the case to court, all according to the legal process,” he said.
Ayob advised the public to not get involved in activities related to IS, adding that police would continue to monitor and arrest those who threatened national security.
“Stay away from any activities related to IS because we will continue with our operations and arrest any individual found to have participated in, supported, incited and encouraged (others to join the group) and plan to do anything to harm national security... We will take action,” he said.
Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay