30 Jun 2006

Singapore Government Press Statement on Release of 5 JI Detainees & Detention of 5 Ji Members, 30 Jun 2006

Background

Five persons who were detained under Orders of Detention (ODs) under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for their involvement in the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist organisation were released on 30 Jun 2006.

2 Between Mar and May 2006, 5 Singaporean JI members were served with ODs under the ISA as part of ISD's on-going security operation against the local JI network.

3 There are presently 36 people on ODs, 5 on SDs and 19 on Restriction Orders under the ISA for involvement in terrorist activities.

Release of 5 JI Detainees

4 The 5 detainees who were released on 30 Jun 2006 were Azman bin Jalani, Faiz Abdullah Ashiblie, Habibullah s/o Hameed, Zulkifli bin Mohamed Jaffar and Faiz bin Abu Bakar Bafana. They had cooperated with ISD on investigations into the JI, and had responded positively to rehabilitation, including religious rehabilitation. They are assessed to no longer pose a security threat to Singapore.

Detention of 5 JI Members

5 The 5 JI members detained under the ISA are Mas Selamat bin Kastari (Mas Selamat), Mohamed Rashid bin Zainal Abidin (Mohamed Rashid), Muhamad Ismail bin Anuwarul (Muhamad Ismail), Abdul Rashid bin Anwarul (Abdul Rashid), and Abdul Nassir bin Anwarul (Abdul Nassir).

Mas Selamat bin Kastari

6 Mas Selamat was the leader of the Singapore JI network. He fled Singapore in Dec 2001 following the arrests of Singapore JI members in ISD's security operation. Mas Selamat was involved in plans by the JI to mount attacks against foreign and local establishments in Singapore, such as the US Embassy and the American Club, the Ministry of Defence Headquarters at Bukit Gombak, as well as the Ministry of Education building at North Buona Vista Drive. Mas Selamat's role included directing Singapore JI members to undertake reconnaissance of these establishments and handing over the reconnaissance material to the JI operational leaders based in Malaysia. After he fled Singapore, Mas Selamat continued to target Singapore. Specifically, he plotted to hijack an airplane in order to crash it into Changi Airport. When his initial attempt to do so was thwarted, he continued to believe in the feasibility of the plan and intended to pursue it in the future when the opportunity presented itself.

7 Mas Selamat was arrested and detained under the ISA in Mar 2006.

Mohamed Rashid bin Zainal Abidin

8 Mohamed Rashid was a Singapore JI operative who had undergone military training in Mindanao. He was a member of Mas Selamat's group that fled Singapore in Dec 2001, and was involved in Mas Selamat's plan to hijack a plane in order to crash it into Changi Airport. Mohamed Rashid was arrested and detained under the ISA in May 2006.

Muhamad Ismail bin Anuwarul, Abdul Rashid bin Anwarul & Abdul Nassir bin Anwarul

9 Muhamad Ismail, Abdul Rashid and Abdul Nassir are Singaporeans who were members of the JI network. In addition, Abdul Nassir and Muhamad Ismail had undergone military training in Mindanao and Afghanistan respectively. They were arrested and detained under the ISA in Mar 2006.



MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
30 Jun 2006

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