A housewife from Kangar shed silent tears after she was sentenced to two years jail by the High Court today for being in possession of Islamic State terror-related images.
Judge Azman Abdullah meted out the sentence on Siti Nor Intan Shafinaz Johari, 27, a mother of one, who clad in a black jubah and purdah.
Siti had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing 139 images related to the IS terror group on her mobile phone at her home at No 104, Kampung Ujung Tanjung, Kuala Perlis in Kangar at 8.20am on March 22.
In sentencing her, Azman said the terror ideology was not good for Islam and society as it would chaos, not only in Malaysia but also in any other parts of the world.
“The Islamic State (IS) is a new emerging threat that is subversive in nature. Preventive measures must be taken against this new threat,” said Azman.
Siti’s counsel Farida Mohammad, in pleading for leniency, said her client had received the terror-related materials from her social media friends, whom she hardly knew.
Farida argued that the images were sent to Siti by social media friends, many whom she does not even know in person, adding that her client only knew them via the mobile phone app Telegram.
“She kept the images because as a Muslim, she felt sorry for the all the things that are happening in Syria,” said Farida.
Siti’s jail term will run from the date of her arrest on March 22, 2016.
In his counter argument, DPP Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam said the length of the custodial sentence should be based on the severity of the offence and also public interest.
“Terrorism in not only a local problem but a global one. In the last few years, terrorism has become a serious problem.”