A just pun­ish­ment, says coun­tert­er­ror­ism chief

New Straits Times - - News -

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

Times.

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

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