First M’sian jailed for al-Qaeda links
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