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Charged with supporting Abu Sayyaf
Published on: Thursday, April 06, 2017
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Kota Kinabalu: A Filipino was charged in the Magistrate's Court on Wednesday with supporting the Abu Sayyaf terror group.Salihin was brought before Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie to face the charge against him.

No plea was taken from Salihin after the charge was read to him.

Salihin is accused of knowingly canvassing support for the militant group via Facebook under the name of Abu Tahlaba A-Basilanie between March 1 and 6 this year.

He allegedly committed the offence near the Putatan flyover area, near here.

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

Abbie set Apr 27 this year for mention and ordered Salihin remanded further pending the date.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Dinesh Raja appeared for the prosecution while Salihin was not represented.

Meanwhile, in another court, Salihin was jailed eight months and ordered given a stroke of the cane for entering the State illegally.

Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz ordered Salihin to serve the sentence from the date of his arrest on March 7 this year and referred to the Immigration Department after completing the jail sentence.– Cynthia D Baga


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