University student Siti Noor Aishah Atam was advised by a Kuala Lumpur High Court judicial commissioner to repent after finding her guilty of owning books related to several militant groups.
JC Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah, who sentenced Siti Noor Aishah, 30, to a five-year imprisonment for having books on international terror groups such as the Isis, al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah, described her involvement as disgusting and dirty.
“University students should be far more enlightened than this. I am very disappointed in you, and I hope you learnt your lesson and bertaubat (repent) after this.
“Prison is not mandated for this offence, but in your case, it is necessary because I want this to serve as a deterrent to others as well,” the JC said, as he read out the 100-page judgment today, reported the Star.
Her jail term begins from the date of her arrest on March 22, 2016.
Siti Noor Aishah, who was found having 12 of those books at her home in Dungun, Terengganu last year, was charged under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code.
JC Mohamad Shariff also ordered that the books be seized and destroyed.
Previously, the High Court was shown a police report by Siti Noor Aishah’s father, Atam Jusoh, three years ago when she threatened to commit suicide if she was stopped from going to Syria.
Earlier, in asking for a lenient sentence, Siti Noor Aishah’s lawyer Kamarulzaman Abdul Wahab said it was her first criminal offence and she was “younger and more easily swayed” back then.
However, DPP Ahmad Nazneen Zulkifli argued that she needed to be put away for a while to change her mindset and to curb her from influencing others to follow her path.
In Penang, police detained a man for allegedly being in possession of Islamic State (Isis) materials in Sungai Pinang, George Town on Tuesday evening.
Penang deputy police chief Deputy Commissioner Roslee Chik said the individual was nabbed in an operation carried out by the Special Branch from Bukit Aman.
However, he did not give more details on the individual and materials in his possession.
He refuted claims made in the social media that the suspect had bombs and guns in his possession.