KUALA LUMPUR: A steel factory technician was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by the High Court today after he pleaded guilty to two charges of giving support to a terrorist group and supporting a terrorist act involving the use of explosives.
Judge Azman Abdullah sentenced Bukhari Che Noor, 35, a father of two, to seven years in prison for each charge and ordered the sentence to run concurrently from the date of arrest on June 30, 2016.
On April 10, Bukhari was sentenced to seven years in prison by the same court after he pleaded guilty to a charge of providing financial services for the benefit of terrorists.
Bukhari admitted to providing support to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group with sworn allegiance through the Telegram application in the chat group “Gagak Hitam” at 12.44am on March 30, 2016. He was charged under Section 130J (1)(a) of the Penal Code.
On the second charge, he admitted to providing support for the commission of a terrorist act by using explosives, an action that was also intended to further an ideology and threaten public order in Malaysia.
The accused committed the offences between March 25 and June 30, 2016 at Desa Putra 1-3-24, Persiaran Bayan Indah 3, Bayan Lepas, Penang. He was charged under Section 130J (1)(b) of the Penal Code.
Both sections carry life imprisonment or not more than 30 years or a fine, and forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used for committing the offence, upon conviction.
According to the facts of the case, the investigation confirmed that on June 27, 2016, the accused said “Alhamdulillah” (Thank God) for the attack carried out on the Movida nightclub in Puchong, Selangor.
Earlier, Bukhari, who was unrepresented, told the court that he had repented and regretted his actions and pleaded for the jail sentence on both charges to run concurrently.
Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Izhanudin Alias pressed for a deterrent punishment to serve as a lesson, considering that the number of such cases had increased in recent years.