As a result of the continuing investigation on the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network, the Internal Security Department (ISD) has arrested another 21 persons in Aug 2002 under Section 74 of the Internal Security Act (ISA) for involvement in terrorism-related activities.
All 21 arrested are Singapore citizens. 19 of them are or have been JI members, most of whom belong to or are linked to JI operational cells. The remaining two are linked to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). A few have undergone military training at Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and at the MILF's Camp Abu Bakar in Mindanao. Several have conducted reconnaissance and surveys of selected targets in Singapore on the instruction of their JI leaders, most of whom are among those arrested earlier in Dec 2001.
The latest arrests are the result of investigations conducted after the arrest of 15 persons in Dec 2001. These 15 included 13 members of the JI, who were detained in Jan 2002 under ISA Orders of Detention vide Sec 8(1)(a) of the ISA. The other two persons, supporters of the MILF, were released but placed under ISA Restriction Orders vide Sec 8(1)(b) of the ISA.
These latest arrests have seriously disrupted the JI network in Singapore. There is no known imminent security threat from other JI elements in Singapore. Investigations are continuing to follow up on leads and intelligence collected. The Government will issue a detailed statement soon.