KUALA LUMPUR: In its review of terrorism cases, the Court of Appeal has signalled the message that members and supporters of the Islamic State (IS), or Daesh, are to be shown no leniency.
Beginning 2016, it has enhanced substantively the sentences of people aiding the militant group.
The latest case reviewed by the court is that of 38-year-old house builder Muhammad Kasyfullah Kassim, who had been sentenced by the Kuala Lumpur High Court to five years’ jail for supporting IS terrorists in Syria.
The Court of Appeal on Aug 10 increased the jail term to 12 years.
Judge Ahmadi Asnawi, who headed a three-member bench, said: “We unanimously agree with the prosecution that the sentence imposed by the Kuala Lumpur High Court was inadequate for such a serious offence”.
Other IS supporters got it worse.
On June 21, a three-man bench of the Court of Appeal, led by Justice Mohtaruddin Baki, enhanced the jail term of financial consultant Rohaimi Abd Rahim, 39, and cafe manager Muhamad Fauzi Misrak, 37, who were convicted of soliciting contributions for IS, from three years to 15 years.
Prior to that, on April 25, Justice Mohtaruddin, chairing a three-man bench, increased the jail term of oil palm plantation operator Muamar Gadaffi Mohamad Shafawi, 32, from five years to 15 years, for training individuals to participate in terrorist activities.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court seemed to have taken the cue, as shown by the case of policewoman Corporal Jusninawati Abdul Gani, 35, who was found guilty of failing to divulge information on a terrorist group.
Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan, on Dec 6, sentenced her to the maximum seven years jail provided for under Section 130M of the Penal Code.
In the Lahad Datu intrusion case, the Kota Kinabalu High Court on July 26 sentenced nine Filipinos to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers has filed an appeal seeking for the death penalty
Source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/…/courts-show-no-mercy-fo…/