Movida attackers to serve jail for 25 years

Mar 30, 2017
The Movida club in Puchong, Selangor after the grenade attack last year; insert – Imam Wahyudin Karjono (left) and Jonius Ondie @ Jahali.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court today sentenced two men to a 35-year jail each over last year’s Movida club grenade attack that injured eight people and for supporting the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

Judge Nordin Hassan ordered Imam Wahyudin Karjono, 21, and Jonius Ondie @ Jahali, 25, each to serve a 25-year imprisonment for the Movida attack and a 10-year jail for supporting the terror group.

According to the Star, Nordin ordered the sentences against Imam Wahyudin to run from June 29 last year and for Jonius Ondie from July 1 last year, the days they were arrested.

However, he ordered their jail sentences to run concurrently, meaning that Imam Wahyudin and Jonius Ondie would serve 25 years’ jail each.

They have both pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday after previously claiming trial.

Imam Wahyudin and Jonius Ondie were charged under Section 130C(1)(b) of the Penal Code with bombing the club at 2am on June 28 last year.

They were also accused of giving support to the IS group via Telegram application group, “gagak hitam” on March 30 and June 15, 2016 and were charged under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code.

When delivering his verdict, Nordin said hurling of a grenade at a public place, which left eight people injured with some suffering serious injuries, was “a very serious offence that had caused chaos in the country.”

The court trial established that both accused had planned to bomb clubs or pubs to extend their ideology in supporting the IS group and had obtained two hand grenades for the purpose.

On June 28, last year, both of them had targeted the Movida club as their target after their main target, the Pitbull club, was found closed.

In mitigation, counsel Wan Azwan Aiman who acted for Imam Wahyudin, said his client was a young offender and was 20 years and six months when he committed the offence, claiming that “Imam Wahyudin has repented”.

Jonius Ondie’s counsel P.A. Sharon submitted that her client, who was the fourth of six siblings, had only a Standard Two education.