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|Suspects of attempted suicide attacks face terrorism charges in Lebanon|
|Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:19am|
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By KAMATCHY SAPPANI
PETALING JAYA: The trial of two Malaysians, detained in Lebanon for suspected links to the al-Qaeda militant group will begin on Monday.
Muhamad Razin Sharhan Mustafa Kamal, 22, and Razif Mohd Ariff, 31, have pleaded not guilty to two charges of preparing for terrorist action and for being members of the al-Qaeda organisation.
They stand accused of trying to enter Syria to carry out suicide attacks.
Counsel for both, Marwan Sinno, said yesterday the trial would be held in a military court in Beirut.
The duo were detained at Beirut airport on Oct 18, 2012 after they were suspected to have been trained as suicide bombers.
They were charged before a military court in Lebanon on Nov 1, 2012 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 and that he had previously been arrested in Yemen and was questioned by the special branch in Malaysia.
Razif, however, had denied meeting a senior member of the Jemaah Islamiah group – Yazid Sufaat – in Malaysia and acting as a recruiter for al-Qaeda.
On Feb 7, 2013, 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, 49, who was detained under the ISA in December 2001 for alleged ties to the Jemaah Islamiah terror network and released in 2008, was charged on Wednesday with Halimah.
Yazid is accused of inciting terrorist acts that “threatened the public in Syria” while Halimah, 52, was charged with abetting him in inciting the act at a house in Ampang between August and October last year.
Both claimed trial, which is scheduled to begin on May 20.
The court also fixed Monday to hear the habeas corpus application of Mohd Hilmi.
They were arrested under the new Special Offences (Security Measures) Act 2012.
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