14 March 2001

Al-Ma'unah members had 'more than silat in mind'

KUALA LUMPUR, Tues. - Articles found at Bukit Jenalik in Sauk, Kuala Kangsar, in July last year showed that the Al-Ma'unah group did not go there for silat training or learn about traditional medicine, the High Court heard today.

Senior deputy public prosecutor Datuk Abdul Gani Patail said apart from firearms and other weapons, books and pamphlets on combat guidelines, radio communications, and the art of deception, which were unrelated to the group's activities were also found.

Abdul Gani, who was making his submission at the end of the prosecution's case in the trial of 19 Al-Ma'unah members charged with waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, tendered as court exhibit three pamphlets.

The pamphlets were entitled Panduan Tempur Pegawai Kadet (Combat Guidelines for Cadet Officers), Muslihat (The Art of Deception) and Prosedur Telegraf (Telegraph Procedure).

Abdul Gani said the articles found at the hill showed only one purpose: that of overthrowing the government and to establish an Islamic country.

The 19 group members including their leader Mohd Amin Mohd Razali are alleged to have committed the offence at three places in Perak:

* 2nd Military Post, Kuala Rui; * Camp 304, Grik; and * Bukit Jenalik, Sauk, Kuala Kangsar; between June and July 6 last year.

The offence under section 121 of the Penal Code is punishable with death or imprisonment for life and if not sentenced to death shall also be liable to a fine.

Abdul Gani said the group's objective to overthrow the Government could be gauged from the collection of firearms and the findings of the pamphlets, but also from the action of the group members.

He said there was evidence in court which stated that there were cries of Allahu Akbar (Allah is great) and jihad (holy war) by the group members at the hill, which were meant to raise their spirits.

He said there was also evidence that Mohd Amin had asked one of the witnesses, Sjn Mohd Shah Ahmad, how many ulama (theologians) he had killed and how many Pas ceramah had not been given permits.

Hearing before judge Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin continues.

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