09 Jan 2014

Update on Terrorism-related Cases Under the Internal Security Act

Detention of Masyhadi bin Mas Selamat

         Masyhadi bin Mas Selamat (Masyhadi), aged 25, was detained on a two-year Order of Detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on 21 Nov 2013 for his involvement in the terrorist organisation, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). Masyhadi was arrested in Indonesia on 20 Oct 2013 and deported to Singapore on 30 Oct 2013.

2       Masyhadi was schooled in JI religious schools in Indonesia from the young age of 13 where he imbibed JI’s radical teachings, and had undergone paramilitary training there when he was older. He formally became a member of the JI terrorist organisation after taking the oath of allegiance when he turned 21. He has, among other things, conducted JI surveillance activities and disseminated radical propaganda online in support of jihadist violence.

Imposition of Restriction Orders

3        Two Singaporeans, Zakaria bin Rosdan (Zakaria), aged 23, and Muhammad Khairul Sofri bin Osman (Khairul), aged 29, were placed on Restriction Orders (RO)1 under the ISA for a period of two years from Dec 2013. Zakaria and Khairul were radicalised after searching for and viewing radical online videos and websites, through which they imbibed the violent ideology of jihadist ideologues and were inspired to undertake violent jihad in places of conflict like Syria.

4          Zakaria had tried to establish contact with a number of foreign militant entities online in an attempt to join them and get to the conflict zones. Khairul had encouraged Zakaria, abetting him in his plans.

Release of JI Detainee

5           Mohd Azmi bin Ali was released from detention and issued with a RO on 15 Dec 2013. Azmi, who was detained under the ISA in Dec 2009, was a JI member who had taken refuge overseas to avoid detection by the Singapore authorities following the security operations against the JI network in Dec 2001. He has been cooperative in investigations and has been responsive to rehabilitation, including religious counselling. It was assessed that he no longer posed a security threat that required preventive detention.

Lapse of Restriction Orders

6             The ROs against six JI members were allowed to lapse between Dec 2013 and Jan 2014. They were Mohamad Anuar bin Margono, Ja’afar bin Mistooki, Mohamed Ellias s/o Mohamed Khan, Hashim bin Abas, Mohamed Nazir bin Mohmmed Uthman and Hosnay bin Awi. They had been cooperative and responsive to rehabilitation efforts.

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 any publication, hold office in, or be a member of any organisation, association or group without the prior approval of Director ISD.

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