Three Charged In Malaysia With Attempting To Support Islamic State

October 23, 2014 – Three men were charged at the Sessions Court in Malaysia on earlier today with attempting to provide support to the Islamic State militant group (IS) by taking a flight to Istanbul, Turkey.

Architect Mohd Syafrein Rasid, 26, from Kuantan, Pahang; businessman Mohd Rosmadi Che Daud, 42, from Ipoh, Perak, and engineer Mohamad Yusoffe Ishak, 26, from Arau, Perlis, are alleged to have taken the Qatar Airways flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Istanbul to become members of the terrorist group.

They are charged with committing the offence at the KLIA Departure Hall, Sepang, at about 8.55am on Sep 25. The three men are also facing an alternative charge of taking the flight in an attempt to give support to IS by entering Syria through Istanbul at the same place, time and date. However, no plea was recorded.

The three men are charged under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, to be read together with Section 511 of the same law, which provides an imprisonment for 15 years or a fine, if found guilty.

Judge Aizatul Akmal Maharani set Nov 30 for mention to transfer the case to the High Court. The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Shukor Abu Bakar, while the accused, who were not given bail, were unrepresented.

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