One member of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist group who was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Jan 2002 has been released on a Suspension Direction (SD)1. The Government has detained another member of the JI.
2 Andrew Gerard @ Ali Ridhaa bin Abdullah, had his detention suspended and was released on 24 Oct 2005. Gerard was issued with a 2-year Order of Detention (OD) in Jan 2002, which was extended for 2 years in Jan 2004. Under the SD, he is subject to conditions governing his activities and movements.
3 Gerard, a Muslim convert, joined the JI in 1998. He was involved in some operational reconnaissance work for the JI. During his detention, Gerard cooperated in investigations. He also responded positively to rehabilitation including religious counselling. Gerard was released on a SD as it was assessed that he no longer posed a significant security threat to Singapore.
Mohammad Sharif bin Rahmat
4 Another member of the JI has been detained under the ISA. Mohammad Sharif bin Rahmat, a 35-year-old Singaporean, had been a member of the JI since 1990, when it was then called the Darul Islam. He had, among other things, undertaken some physical training with the JI and voluntarily participated in military training with a militant group, the Laskar-e-Tayyiba, in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan in preparation for armed conflict. Sharif was detained for 2 years with effect from 5 Aug 2005.
1A Suspension Direction (SD) is a Ministerial direction to suspend the operation of an existing Order of Detention (OD). The Minister for Home Affairs may revoke the SD and the individual will be re-detained, if he does not comply with any of the conditions stipulated in the SD. Among the conditions are that he is prohibited from associating with any militant or terrorist groups or individuals, and he is not allowed to leave the country without the prior written approval of the Director, ISD.