Wednesday January 30, 2013
‘Sect leader’ claims trial to charges of possessing cache of weapons
By R.S.N. MURALI
JASIN: An alleged deviant sect leader claimed trial at the magistrate’s court here to two charges of having in his possession a cache of dangerous weapons, imitation pistols and guns.
In the first charge, Mohd Jaffar Robani, 46, is accused of being in possession of 29 swords, 11 machetes, three gravity knives and a spear.
If convicted, he is liable to be jailed for two years and fined RM2,000 or both under Section 7(1)(a) of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapon Act 1958.
In the second charge, Mohd Jaffar, from Kampung Chabau in Asahan here, was alleged to have four fake pistols and an imitation gun in his possession.
The charge, under the Firearms Act 1961, provides for a jail term of up to a year, a fine of RM5,000, or both, upon conviction.
Mohd Jaffar allegedly committed the offences at an unnumbered house at Km25.5 in Kampung Chabau between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Jan 5 and Jan 7.
Magistrate Siti Suriatey Mohamed Yusoff granted a bail of RM5,000 for each charge 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.
As he stepped out of court, Mohd Jaffar, the alleged founder of the supposedly deviant Panji Langit sect, smiled at press photographers.
On Jan 9, The Star reported that a police raid found a cache of weapons stored at the back of his bungalow.