Kuala Lumpur, May 27: A 17-year-old teenager was on Friday, May 27 sentenced to 12 years in prison by a Malaysian High Court here on charges of inciting and promoting acts of terrorism.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan said the offence was serious as it involved the safety of society.
"It has a huge impact on the country because of the constant ideological attacks by radicals," Nordin said. He added that the sentence had to send a message over the seriousness of the offence and to ensure that others do not commit the same offence.
The teenager, whose identity was not disclosed, was not sent to the juvenile home due to the seriousness of the offence.
The judge said steps must be taken to ensure that the teenager was not allowed to interact or put in the same prison cell used for adult prisoners so that the convict does not get influenced. He ordered the sentence to run from the day the teenager was arrested on April 25 last year.
The teenager was arrested along with with four other adults by the Counter Terrorism Unit for an alleged conspiracy to attack government buildings, nightclubs, prostitution centres and other entertainment outlets.
The five were found in possession of chemicals and materials commonly used for making explosives.