SECURITY GUARD JAILED FOR MAKING PRO-ISIS COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK

A 28 year old security guard has been jailed for three months after making pro-ISIS Facebook posts which tried to incite readers to religious violence.

Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek made the two posts on Nov 29 last year after reading a news report of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a dialogue on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to DPP Tan Wen Hsien, Muhammad Shamin’s Facebook posts used graphic and evocative language which encouraged violence along religious lines. His words were further exacerbated when it was spread using his Facebook platform.

In his defense, Shamin said he deactivated his Facebook once he left police custody and his word were simply venting his frustrations of a layman.

District Judge Shawn Ho branded Shamin’s posts a “grim reminder of how offenders can use technology to stoke the flames of violence… particularly given the current international, regional and domestic security climate”.

During the police raid on his Tampines flat, 40 packs of contraband Marlboro cigarettes were discovered and he received a fine of $3,200 or 16 days jail if he defaults on payment.

For making a document or electronic record containing an incitement to violence, he could have been jailed for up to five years, fined or both.

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