Published: Tuesday January 29, 2013 MYT 4:00:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 29, 2013 MYT 8:41:58 PM
Alleged sect leader charged with possession of dangerous weapons
By R.S.N. MURALI
JASIN: A man believed to be the leader of an alleged deviant sect claimed trial at the Magistrate's court here Tuesday to two separate charges of possessing a cache of dangerous weapons and imitation firearms.
Mohd Jaffar Robani, 46, was alleged to have in his possession 29 swords, 11 machetes, three knives and a spear.
He faced charges under Section 7(1)(a) of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapons Act 1958, which carries a two-year jail sentence and fine of RM2,000 or both upon conviction.
Mohd Jaffar, from Kampung Chabau, Asahan, here also faced another charge under Section 36 (1) of the Firearms Act 1961 for having four fake pistols and an imitation gun.
The accused faces a maximum one-year jail term or fine up to RM5,000 or both upon conviction.
Mohd Jaffar was alleged to have committed the offences at an unnumbered house at KM25 1/2 Kampung Chabau here, between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Jan 5 and Jan 7 respectively.
Magistrate Siti Suriatey Mohamed Yusoff granted bail of RM5,000 for both the offences and fixed March 4 as the re-mention date.
Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Badariah Yusof appeared as prosecutor while the accused was represented by Suhaidi Zakaria.
Mohd Jaffar, who is believed to be the founder of the Panji Langit deviant sect, was seen smiling at photographers as soon as he stepped out from the court house.
On Jan 9, it was reported that police had raided the home of the deviant sect in Kampung Chabau where they found the cache of weapons stored at the back of his bungalow.
Sect members claim to be warriors of righteousness and crusaders of truth to uplift moral values among mankind. The weapons were supposed to be used in preparation for the doomsday.