KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — A single mother who pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a a IS headband was sentenced to two years’ jail by the High Court here today for the offence.
High Court judge Datuk Datuk Azman Abdullah handed down the sentence on Nor Izatul Farahirah Ismail, 36, and ordered her to serve the sentence from the date of her arrest, which was last May 19.
Nor Izatul Farahirah, who is self-employed and from Kelantan, was charged with possession of the terrorism-related item at a house in Desa Pandan here at 11.50 am last May 19.
The woman, who has a child, was charged under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which provides an imprisonment for up to seven years, or fine, and is liable to forfeiture of the item concerned, if found guilty.
According to the facts of the case, she had bought the headband, with a few other items, during a nasyid performance at a “Majlis Solidariti Palestin” event in Dataran Shah Alam.
The headband with the IS logo was sent for analysis and the result confirmed that it was connected with the terrorist group and she was a supporter of the terrorist group.
In mitigation, Nor Izatul Farahirah, represented by a lawyer from the National Legal Aid Foundation, asked to be sent to prison as she could not afford to pay fine and that she had a child and a father, who is in his 70s, to support.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Azlina Rasdi.
Last August 16, the woman was sentenced to five months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here for possession of a two identity cards with belonged to somebody else.
She was also sentenced to two years’ jail on the same day by a Sessions Court here for forging two identity cards with intention to use them as genuine ones.
All the offences were committed at the same place, time and date.
She was ordered to serve both the jail sentences from the date of her arrest on May 19 this year. — Bernama