Four men who were arrested just before the 29th SEA Games closing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 30 were charged with having ties with terror militant group Abu Sayyaf.
They were charged on Monday (Sept 25) with intentional omission of information regarding a terrorist act– an offence under Section 130M of the Penal Code- at the Sessions Court in Kajang, reported The Sun.
The men were named as Hajar Abdul Mubin, 25, Ahmad Omar, 52, Jaffar Ahmad, 26, and Philippine national Abdul Syamir Dabilin, 25.
Hajar was also accused of being a member of the Abu Sayyaf group since 2010.
All four had lived in the same block of flats in Taman Desa Baiduri in Cheras.
Although not represented, the men confirmed that they understood the charges being read to them in Malay.
The penalty includes up to seven years in jail, a fine, or both.
Hajar is believed to be a member of the Jolo-based “Lucky 9” kidnap-for-ransom group, and is facing life imprisonment and a fine.
As reported in The Star, Deputy public prosecutor Siti Noorhafizan Zakaria offered them no bail as they are held under the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.
The next mention to transfer the case to the Shah Alam High Court was fixed on Oct 16 by Sessions Court judge Surita Budin.