Reclusive housewife jailed for IS materials
KUALA LUMPUR: A 27-year-old mother to an eight-year- old boy, who rarely leaves her house, was jailed two years by a High Court for possession of a mobile phone with 139 images associated with the Islamic State (IS) militant group
High Court judge Datuk Azman Abdullah ordered Siti Nor Intan Shafinaz Johari, a housewife, to serve the sentence from the date of her arrest on March 22.
Siti Nor Intan, who was clad in a black “purdah”, admitted committing the offence at her house at No. 104, Kampung Ujung Tanjung, Kuala Perlis at about 8.20am on March 22.
The charge under Section 130JB(1) (A) of the Penal Code carries a penalty of seven years’ jail or a fine.
Lawyer Farida Mohammad said her client is not someone who likes to go out, let alone travel to a foreign country.
“Even if she wants to go to town, her husband would have to send her.”
She said Siti Nor Intan would not think of going overseas (Syria).
Farida said her client did not know the members of the online groups on Telegram and Facebook which she had joined.
“As a Muslim, she was just concerned and sympathetic over the war in Syria,” she added.
In his ruling, Azman said he took into consideration that Siti Nor Intan has a young child, who needs to be cared for and the accused’s health problem. – by Tamarai Chelvi