First M’sian jailed for al-Qaeda links

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KUALA LUMPUR: The first Malaysian to be con­victed of be­ing a mem­ber of al-Qaeda was sen­tenced yes­ter­day by the High Court here to 12 years’ jail.

Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sioner Datuk Mo­hamad Shar­iff Abu Samah passed the sen­tence af­ter Mo­hamad Hi­dayat Az­man, 20, a col­lege stu­dent in Cairo, Egypt, pleaded guilty.

Mo­hamad Hi­dayat was or­dered to serve the sen­tence from the date of his ar­rest on Dec 7, 2015.

“Based on basic code of val­ues in so­ci­ety, what you did is de­spi­ca­ble and con­demned by the Malaysian so­ci­ety and the world com­mu­nity

“If you re­ally want to be­come a mar­tyr, re­mem­ber the hopes of your parents and si­b­lings who gave money for your stud­ies. Tell your friends that your ac­tion is not ‘ji­had’, but a to­tal loss,” Mo­hamad Shar­iff said.

Mo­hamad Hi­dayat, of Parit Bun­tar in Perak, was charged with be­ing a mem­ber of the group af­ter he took a flight from the KL In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sepang to Syria be­tween Sept 5, 2014 and Sept 1, 2015.

He was charged un­der Sec­tion 130J (1)(a) of the Pe­nal Code and faced life im­pris­on­ment, a fine and for­fei­ture of any prop­erty used or in­tended to be used for com­mit­ting the of­fence.

The court heard that in early Septem­ber 2014, Mo­hya­mad Hi­dayat was study­ing at Markas Lisan Salam in Cairo, Egypt, and af­ter fol­low­ing de­vel­op­ments in Syria through Face­book, he be­came rad­i­calised.

He then con­tacted a Syr­ian via Face­book to find out how to enter Syria and later took a flight to Hatay in Turkey to enter Syria.

While at a camp in Hama, Syria, Mo­hamad Hi­dayat un­der­went mil­i­tary train­ing. Af­ter two weeks, he went to Idlip to join Jund Al Aqsa, a group un­der al-Qaeda and un­der­went fur­ther train­ing on the use of anti-tank weapons. – Ber­nama

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