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Student in Malaysia wanted to die if she wasn't allowed to go to Syria

The Star/ANN | Nurbaiti Hamdan | Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Master's student Siti Noor Aishah Atam wanted to end her life if she was not allowed to go to Syria, the High Court heard.

Her intention was mentioned in a police report lodged by her father Atam Jusoh on Feb 18, 2014, in an attempt to stop her from going there.

DPP Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam said her intention was further illustrated in a note that she wrote on one of the books that she was caught with entitled Merentas Jalan Jihad fie Sabilillah.

In the note that was written in red ink, Siti Noor Aishah wrote several lines which included: "Wahai Pemberi Rahmat ... percepatkanlah kematianku jika dunia masih melengahkan langkahku dari menyahut seruan Mu dan dari melaksana­­kan seluruh Syariat-Mu..." (O Giver of Grace, hasten my death if the world still delays my path from heeding Your call and executing Your law).

"The writing is consistent with the father's police report which clearly stated that she wanted to go on a 'jihad' (holy war) in Syria and would kill herself if she was not allowed," Mohamad Mustaffa said in his submission at the end of the defence case here yesterday.

He also said the facts in the case were consistent with the accused knowing the contents of the 12 books in her possession.

Siti Noor Aishah is accused of having in her possession books on Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda (AQ) at Lot 1241, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Sura, Dungun, Terengganu at 12.25pm on March 22, last year.

She is facing imprisonment of not more than seven years or a fine or forfeiture of any of the items, upon conviction under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code.

Lawyer Mohd Kamaruzaman A. Wahab, who represented her, said his client owned a large book collection of various genres.

"But the police purposely seized these books to charge her under this offence," he said.

The court fixed May 2 for decision.

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