Detention of Self-Radicalised Singaporean
Muhammad Fadil bin Abdul Hamid (Fadil), aged 20, has been detained for two years under the Internal Security Act.
2 Fadil is a full-time national serviceman in the SAF. He had begun avidly surfing the Internet in search of jihadist propaganda and videos when he was studying in a local polytechnic (he eventually did not complete his studies). Over time, he became deeply radicalised by the lectures of radical ideologues such as Anwar al-Awlaki and Sheikh Feiz Muhammad, and became convinced that it was his religious duty to undertake armed jihad alongside fellow militants and strive for martyrdom.
3 Subsequently, Fadil initiated online communication with Anwar al-Awlaki. He expressed his desire to fight alongside Anwar al-Awlaki, and his interest in travelling to places like Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan to undertake militant jihad. Fadil also made online contact with a suspected Al-Qaeda recruiter who encouraged him to fight in Afghanistan. To undertake militant jihad overseas, he went online in search of information on bomb-making, and produced and posted a video glorifying martyrdom and justifying suicide bombing. Fadil was detained under the ISA on 4 Apr 2010.
Imposition of Restriction Orders
4 Two Singaporeans, Muhammad Anwar Jailani (Jailani), aged 44, and Muhammad Thahir bin Shaik Dawood (Thahir), aged 27, were placed on Restriction Orders (RO)1 for a period of two years from 23 Jun 2010. Jailani is an unaccredited2 religious teacher who had distributed to his students, contacts and the general public numerous copies of CDs containing audio recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki’s lectures which called on Muslims to undertake militant jihad against non-Muslims and other “enemies” of Islam.
5 Thahir, who runs a small business, was one of Jailani’s students who became radicalised mainly through his influence. Thahir had travelled to Yemen to enrol in an educational institution run by an associate of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and to seek out Anwar al-Awlaki and other radicals with a view to participating in armed jihad overseas if the opportunity presented itself. Thahir was, however, unsuccessful in his attempts to contact Anwar al-Awlaki and did not participate in armed jihad. While in Yemen, he began to have doubts about undertaking armed jihad, and came round to the view that there were other ways of doing jihad like pursuing knowledge and performing good deeds. He also withdrew from the Yemeni educational institution. He was investigated by ISD after his return from Yemen.
Release of JI Detainee
6 Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) member Ibrahim Mohd Noor was released on a Suspension Direction (SD)3 under the ISA on 1 Jun 2010. Ibrahim fled Singapore in Dec 2001 following the arrests of Singapore JI members in ISD’s security operation. He was a trained operative who had conducted terrorist reconnaissance against local establishments in Singapore to prepare for JI’s terrorist operations. Ibrahim was arrested and detained under the ISA in Apr 2007 following a joint operation with a regional security agency. He had cooperated in investigations and shown significant progress in his rehabilitation. He was assessed to no longer pose a security threat that required preventive detention.
1 A person issued with a Restriction Order (RO) must abide by several conditions and restrictions. For example, he is not permitted to change his residence or employment, or travel out of Singapore, without the prior approval of the Director ISD. The individual issued with RO also cannot issue public statements, address public meetings or print, distribute, contribute to or be involved in any publication, duplicate or disseminate any audio or video recording, hold office in, or be a member of any organisation, association or group without the prior approval of Director ISD. He must also report to ISD at specified times and dates, and present himself for counselling and/or interviews as required by the Director ISD. He may be re-detained should he fail to respect these conditions and restrictions.
2Jailani had applied for accreditation under MUIS’ Asatizah (religious teachers) Recognition Scheme but was rejected in 2009 as he lacked formal religious qualifications. The ARS was launched in Dec 2005 by MUIS to enhance asatizah's standing and serve as a reliable reference for the Singapore Muslim community in engaging Islamic teachers.
3A person released under Suspension Direction has his Order of Detention suspended, and must abide by certain conditions and restrictions after release. He may be re-detained should he fail to observe these conditions and restrictions.