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Mohd Firdaus Asren Saputera M.S Asren, 34, is closely guarded by special forces personnel during his appearance at the Magistrate's Court in Kota Kinabalu September 22, 2016. — Bernama picMohd Firdaus Asren Saputera M.S Asren, 34, is closely guarded by special forces personnel during his appearance at the Magistrate's Court in Kota Kinabalu September 22, 2016. — Bernama picKOTA KINABALU, Sept 22 — The Magistrate’s Court here set Nov 7 for a re-mention to transfer the case of a travel agency operator alleged to have canvassed support for a militant group and supporting a terrorist act involving the use of explosives last June to the High Court.

Magistrate Cindy Mc Juce Balitus fixed the date after deputy public prosecutor Wan Farrah Farriza Wan Ghazali informed that the prosecution had not receive permission to transfer the case against Mohd Firdaus Asren Saputra M.S Asren, 34, to the High Court.

Last Aug 16, Mohd Firdaus, who is represented by counsel Farazwin Haxdy, was was charged with five offences of IS related terrorism activities in two separate cases.

In the first case, the accused was charged of two counts of canvassing support for the militant terrorist group and giving support to a terrorist act involving the use of explosives.

On the first count, Mohd Firdaus was accused of knowingly canvassing support for IS via the Telegram app between March 25 and June 29 this year at a house in Kampung Contoh Petagas, Putatan.

He was also accused of knowingly giving support to the militant group’s use of explosives in terrorism activities carried out with intent to advance an ideological struggle and with intent to threaten the public in Malaysia.

It was framed under Section 130J(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which provides for imprisonment for life or jail of up to 30 years or with a fine and liability to forfeiture of any property used or intended to be used in connection with the commission of the offence.

He was also accused of knowingly giving support to the militant group’s use of explosives in terrorism activities carried out with intent to advance an ideological struggle and with intent to threaten the public in Malaysia.

The act could be regarded has having the intention to intimidate civilians in Malaysia and, for which, the accused was charged under Section 130J (1)(b) of the Penal Code which carries the same penalty as the first count. — Bernama

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