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Terrorism trial of 2 M'sians in Lebanon postponed

Publication Date : 26-02-2013


The trial of two Malaysian men detained in Lebanon for suspected links to the al-Qaeda has been postponed to Friday.

It is learned that the heavy caseload in the military court in Beirut was the reason for the postponement of the trial that was to have started yesterday.

Muhamad Razin Sharhan Mustafa Kamal, 22, and Razif Mohd Ariff, 31, were arrested at Beirut airport on October 18 last year and charged with preparing for terrorist action and for being members of the al-Qaeda organisation. They stand accused of trying to enter Syria on a mission to carry out suicide attacks.

They were charged before a military court in Lebanon on November 1 where they both claimed trial.

It was reported that when he was brought before the military court, Razif had acknowledged that he had met al-Qaeda people, admitted that he had previously been arrested in Yemen and was questioned by the special branch in Malaysia.

Razif, however, had denied meeting with a senior member of Jemaah Islamiah group - Yazid Sufaat - in Malaysia and acting as a recruiter for al-Qaeda.

Three months later, in Malaysia, former army captain Yazid and cafeteria helper Mohd Hilmi Hasim were nabbed at the Jalan Duta courts complex canteen while religious teacher Halimah Hussein was arrested at her house in Kajang.

Yazid, who was detained under the ISA in December 2001 for alleged ties to the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network and released in 2008, was charged in a Malaysian court on Wednesday with Halimah.

Yazid, 49, was accused of inciting terrorist acts that “threatened the public in Syria” while Halimah, 52, was charged with abetting Yazid in inciting the act at a house in Ampang between August and October last year.

They are the first persons to be arrested under Malaysia's new Special Offences (Security Measures) Act 2012.


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