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Illegal entry: Suspected Sayyaf member jailed
Published on: Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Kota Kinabalu: A 31-year-old Filipino, charged with being a member of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, was jailed six months and ordered to be given a stroke of the cane for entering the State illegally.Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz handed the sentence to Marsan Ajilul @ Anuar Mohamad Asnalul, Friday, after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The offence, under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, carries a jail term of up to five years or a fine of up to RM10,000, or both, and whipping, on conviction.

During mitigation, Marsan who was not represented asked for a lenient sentence, saying he came to the State to work as he was the breadwinner of his family.

However, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Wan Farrah Wan Farrizan urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence on the grounds that it involved the security of the country.

Meanwhile, Azreena set May 21 for mention of Marsan's other case pending instruction to transfer it to the High Court.

On April 10, Marsan was charged with being a member of the Abu Sayyaf militant group at the State police contingent headquarters, here.

For the case, no plea was so far recorded from Marsan.

In the same court, a Filipino and a local man charged with causing hurt to a woman while robbing her were ordered to enter their defence.

The court made the order on Filipino Arnajir Lajaraib, 22, and Julasri Mohd Zaki, 29, after ruling that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against them.

Their defence would be heard on April 30 and about four witnesses will testify.

They are accused of assaulting one Lee Hui Keing, 50, while robbing her of RM6,500, a wristwatch, a gold bracelet, 600 Brunei dollar, a wallet and an IPhone at 10pm on March 18, 2017 inside a car parked in Jalan Gaya, here.

DPP Husna Abdul Halim conducted the prosecution while counsel Henry Gudid defended the duo.

Six prosecution witnesses were called during the hearing. - Cynthia D Baga


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