MALAYSIAN COLLEGE STUDENT IN EGYPT CHARGED WITH SUPPORTING TERRORIST GROUP UNDER AL-QAEDA

A Malaysian college student in Egypt pleaded not guilty to a charge of supporting a terrorist group under Al-Qaeda in the High Court, here today.

Mohamad Hidayat Azman, 19, a student of Kolej Markaz Salam at Hayyu Asyir, Cairo made the plea after the charge was read before Judicial Commissioner Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah.

He allegedly committed the offence by entering Syria and becoming a member of Jund Al Aqsa after taking a flight from KL International Airport (KLIA) to Syria between Sept 5, 2014 and Sept 1, 2015.

The charge under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code carries a life jail sentence or not more than 30 years or a fine while property intended to be used while committing the offence could be forfeited.

Clad in a black t-shirt, Mohamad Hidayat, was taken from Sungai Buloh prison for the first time since he was charged in the Sepang Sessions Court on Dec 31, 2015.

Earlier, Mohamad Hidayat’s counsel Adi Zulkarnain Zulkafli, pleaded for a new mention date before hearing date was set to enable him to discuss with his client.

He promised to submit a representation to the charge before that date.

The court fixed June 21 for case mention or hearing if no progress was made in relation to representation.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shahida Wan Omar prosecuted.

Source: Nam News Network