Inter-Ministerial Committee - Terrorist Designation (IMC-TD)

​​​​​Singapore is committed to the fight against terrorism. To effectively deal with terrorism threats, Singapore has developed a robust strategy built on a well-organised network of government agencies, working in partnership with commercial and private parties.

As part of our efforts to counter terrorism, an Inter-Ministry Committee on Terrorist Designation (IMC-TD) was formed in 2012 to act as Singapore's authority relating to the designation of terrorists. This Committee consists of members from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Commercial Affairs Department/Singapore Police Force, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Attorney-General Chambers.

The IMC-TD is the competent authority responsible for identifying persons or entities for designation as terrorists pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1373 (2001) who meet the criteria set out therein#. It also reviews the de-listing of persons and entities that no longer meet the criteria for designation under UNSCR 1373.

The IMC-TD also proposes for designation, the names of persons and entities targeted by the relevant UN resolutions*, and submits the names of such persons or entities for listing by the appropriate UN Sanctions Committee. It also submits for de-listing to the appropriate UN Sanctions Committee, the names of persons or entities that no longer meet the criteria for designation under UNSCRs 1267/1989, UNSCR 1988 and successor resolutions.

# Reference to UNSCR 1373 (2001).
*reference to UNSCR 1267 (1999), UNSCR 1988 (2011), and UNSCR 1989 (2011) and successor resolutions.

With reference to UNSCR 1373, the IMC-TD will determine if there are reasonable grounds to designate the following:

  • Any person or entity who commits or attempts to commit terrorist acts, or who participates in or facilitates the commission of terrorist acts;
  • Any entity owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by any person or entity designated in (a) above;
  • Any person or entity acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, any person or entity designated in (a)

With reference to UNSCR 1267 (1999), UNSCR 1989 (2011) and successor resolutions: the IMC-TD will determine if there are reasonable grounds to propose to the UNSCRs 1267/1989 Sanctions Committee the following persons or entities (which includes groups and undertakings):

  • Any person or entity participating in the in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetuating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of; supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materials to; recruiting for; or otherwise supporting acts or activities of Al-Qaida, or any cell, affiliate, splinter group or derivative thereof; or
  • Any person or entity owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by, or otherwise supporting, any person or entity designated under (a) above, or by persons acting on their behalf or at their direction

With reference to UNSCR 1267 (1999), UNSCR 1988 (2011) and successor resolutions: the IMC-TD will determine if there are reasonable grounds to propose to the UNSCR 1988 Sanctions Committee the following persons or entities (which includes groups and undertakings):

  • Any person or entity participating in the in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetuating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of; supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materials to; recruiting for; or otherwise supporting acts or activities of those designated and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan or
  • Any person or entity owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by, or otherwise supporting, any person or entity designated under (a) above, or by persons acting on their behalf or at their direction.

Designating Terrorists


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Communicating Designations

The names of all persons or entities that have been designated by the relevant sanctions committee under UNSCRs 1267/1989 or UNSCR 1988 and successor resolutions will be transmitted to the relevant government ministries and agencies, financial institutions and FATF Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs)*. Similarly, the names of all persons or entities that have been designated by the IMC-TD under UNSCR 1373 or the First Schedule of the Terrorist (Suppression of Financing) Act (TSOFA) are transmitted to the relevant government ministries and agencies, financial institutions and FATF DNFBPs.

*FATF's DNFBPs* include: Casinos, Pawnbrokers, Moneylenders, Corporate Service Providers, Real Estate Agents, Lawyers, Accountants, and Non-profit organisations

The same is applied to all updates and changes to the respective lists of designated persons and entities under the relevant UNSCRs and the TSOFA. All designations by the UNSCRs 1267/1989 Sanctions Committee to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List, or by the UNSCR 1988 Sanctions Committee to the 1988 Sanctions List, or by the IMC-TD to the First Schedule of the TSOFA can be found on the links below:


Action to be taken upon Designation

When a person or entity has been designated under the above UNSCRs, all funds or assets are frozen and dealings with the designated subject and its funds or assets are prohibited with immediate effect.


Action to be taken upon De-listing

In the event that the UNSCRs 1267/1989 Sanctions Committee or the UNSCR 1988 Sanctions Committee decides to delist any person or entity, or persons and entities have been delisted pursuant to UNSCR 1373, the obligation to freeze no longer exists. The funds or assets that have been frozen can therefore be unfrozen.

The IMC-TD will submit delisting requests to the relevant Security Council sanctions committee for persons and entities who no longer meet the criteria for designation pursuant to UNSCRs 1267/1989, UNSCR 1988 and successor resolutions. The IMC-TD will consider de-listing those who have been designated pursuant to UNSCR 1373 or the First Schedule of the TSOFA on the grounds that they also no longer meet the criteria for designation.


Persons or entities designated under UNSCRs 1267/1989 and successor resolutions may also submit de-listing petitions directly to the United Nations Office of the Ombudsperson pursuant to UNSCRs 1904, 1989, 2083 and successor resolutions. Persons or entities designated under UNSCR 1988 and successor resolutions may also submit de-listing petitions directly to the Focal Point mechanism pursuant to UNSCR 1730. Details of these alternate de-listing options can be found on the respective sanctions committees' websites. For designations pursuant to UNSCR 1373, any person or entity who wishes to submit delisting requests may write in to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The names of all persons or entities that have been de-listed by the relevant sanctions committee under UNSCRs 1267/1989 or UNSCR 1988 and successor resolutions, are transmitted to the Permanent Mission to the UN, which in turn, transmits the names to the relevant government ministries and agencies. The names of all persons or entities that have been de-listed by the IMC-TD under UNSCR 1373 or the First Schedule of the TSOFA are also transmitted to the relevant government ministries and agencies, financial institutions and FATF's DNFBPs.

Anyone, including a designated person or entity, who is inadvertently affected (for example, false positives) by any freezing of funds or assets, under UNSCRs 1267/1989, UNSCR 1988 and suc​cessor resolutions or UNSCR 1373, or the First Schedule of the TSOFA may also write in to the Ministry of Home Affairs. All such requests will be assessed by the relevant authorities based on criteria set out in the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions.


IMCTD 
c/o Ministry of Home Affairs

Address: New Phoenix Park, 28 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329560
Tel : 6478 7010
Fax : 6254 6250


Appeals

All requests for appeal under UNSCRs 1267/1989, UNSCR 1988 and successor resolution designations, will be referred to the relevant Security Council sanctions committee.


For all appeals under UNSCR 1373 designations:

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Counter-Terrorism Legislation

Singapore has enacted legislation that enables our law enforcement authorities to take swift and effective action against terrorists, terrorist entities and their supporters, including financiers of terrorism (i.e. the persons who do not themselves carry out terrorist activities but instead provide the funds for terrorist activities).


TSOFA

Under TSOFA, a terrorist is defined as anyone who commits, or attempts to commit, any terrorist act or participates in or facilitates the commission of any terrorist act. It also includes any person set out in the First Schedule to TSOFA. All persons and entities designated by the UNSCRs 1267/1989 Sanctions Committee to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and the UNSCR 1988 Sanctions Committee to the 1988 Sanctions List, are included in the First Schedule to TSOFA.

Sections 3 to 6 of the TSOFA expressly prohibits the following:

  • Provision and collection of property for terrorist acts
  • Provision of property or services for terrorist purposes
  • Use or possession of property for terrorist purposes
  • Dealing with property of terrorists or terrorist entity

As such, all natural and legal persons within Singapore and Singapore citizens outside of Singapore are:

  • prohibited from providing or collecting property for terrorist acts;
  • prohibited from providing property or services for terrorist purposes;
  • prohibited from using or possessing property for terrorist purposes; and
  • prohibited from dealing with property of terrorists.

Under TSOFA, a person who contravenes sections 3 to 6 will be liable, upon conviction, to a maximum fine of $500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to both. In any other case, to a fine not exceeding $1 million. Every person in Singapore and every citizen of Singapore outside of Singapore who has information about these transactions or proposed transactions in respect of any property, funds or other assets belonging to any terrorist or terrorist entity, is required to inform the Police immediately.

In addition to prohibiting financial transactions that will benefit terrorists and terrorists entities in the commission of terrorist acts, Part IV of the TSOFA also empowers enforcement agencies to seize, freeze and confiscate terrorist property. In the event where there are suspected financing activities, provisions under the Criminal Procedure Code may also be used to seize suspected funds. A notice will be served on institutions and counterparties not to transact with the terrorist.


All current legislation can be found at Singapore Statutes Online.

Media Reports Singapore

 


 

1.    19 Aug 2016

Additional Comments from MHA on Orders of Detention and Restriction Orders against Four Singaporeans


 

2.    19 Aug 2016

Issuance of Orders of Detention and Restriction Orders against Four Self-Radicalised Singaporeans under the Internal Security Act


 

3.    10 Aug 2016

International Meeting on Counter-Terrorism, Bali, Indonesia


 

4.    09 Aug 2016

Minister for Home Affairs and Law, Mr K Shanmugam to Attend the International Meeting on Counter-Terrorism, 10-11 August 2016


 

5.    30 Jul 2016

Additional Comments on the Detention & Releases under the Internal Security Act


 

6.    29 Jul 2016

Detention and Releases under the Internal Security Act


 

7.    04 May 2016

Additional Comments on the ISA Detention of Eight Radicalised Bangladeshi Nationals


 

8.    03 May 2016

Detention of Eight Radicalised Bangladeshi Nationals under the Internal Security Act


 

9.    22 Mar 2016

MHA’s Comments on Terror Attacks in Turkey and Belgium


 

10.    16 Mar 2016
Issuance of Orders of Detention and Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act


 

11.    20 Jan 2016
Arrests of 27 Radicalised Bangladeshi Nationals under the Internal Security Act


 

12.   14 Jan 2016

MHA Statement on the Attacks in Jakarta

13.    30 Sep 2015

Detention of Two Self-Radicalised Singaporeans under the Internal Security Act

 

14.    28 Jul 2015​

Arrest and Detention of a Self Radicalised Singaporean under the Internal Security Act​​​​​

 

15.    29 June 2015

Issuance o​​​f Restriction Order Against Self-Radicalised Singaporean Under the Internal Security Act

 

16.    27 May 2015
Arrest and Detention of Self-Radicalised Singaporeans under the Internal Security Act

 

17.    27 May 2015
Update on Releases and Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act

 

18.    22 March 2014
MHA's Statement in Response to Media Queries on a Singaporean Man Allegedly Involved in Syria Conflict

 

19.    10 January 2014
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Regime Assessed to be Robust; Controls to be Strengthened in Certain Sectors

 

20.    9 January 2014
Detention of Masyhadi bin Mas Selamat 12 September 2013

 

21.    12 September 2013
Detention of Self-Radicalised Singaporean

 

21. 7 March 2013
Further Detention & Releases Under the Internal Security Act

 

22. 11 October 2012
Further Detentions, Releases and Lapse of Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act

 

23. 10 March 2012
Update On Terrorism-Related Arrest/Detention/Release Under The Internal Security Act

 

24. 05 January 2012
Release Of Detainee And Lapse Of Restriction Orders Under The Internal Security Act

 

25. 12 September 2011 
Further Detentions & Release Under The Internal Security Act

 

26. 06 July 2010 
Detention, Imposition Of Restriction Orders And Release Under The Internal Security Act

 

27. 13 January 2010 
Further Detention & Releases Under The Internal Security Act

 

28. 16 September 2009 
Release of 3 Detainees Held Under the Internal Security Act

 

29. 16 June 2009 
Press Release - Release of ISA Detainee and Issuance of Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act

 

30. 12 March 2009 
Further Releases and Lapse of Restriction Order under the Internal Security Act

 

31. 15 September 2008 
Further Releases & Issuance of Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act

 

32. 23 March 2008 
Further Detention, and Release & Issuance of Restriction Order Under the Internal Security Act

 

33. 24 January 2008 
Further Releases, Issuance of Restriction Orders & Detentions Under The Internal Security Act

 

34. 09 November 2007 
Release of 2 JI Detainees on Restriction Orders

 

35. 08 June 2007 
Further Detentions, Releases & Issuance of Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act

 

36. 15 September 2006 
Release of 2 JI Detainees on Restriction Orders

 

37. 06 February 2006 
Response to Queries on Mas Selamat

 

38. 11 November 2005 
Government Press Statement - Update on Counter-Terrorism Investigations in Singapore

 

39. 15 September 2004 
Comments by Minister for Home Affairs on the extension of 17 Orders of Detention (ODs) and one Restriction Order (RO), and release of 2 OD and 2 RO cases

 

40. 14 January 2004 
Government Press Statement - Update on Counter-Terrorism Investigations in Singapore

 

41. 18 December 2003 
Singapore Government Press Statement on the Detention of 2 Singaporean Members of the Jemaah Islamiyah Karachi Cell

 

42. 07 February 2003 
CNA Reports:- Minister's comments on Mas Selamat Kastari

 

43. 28 November 2002
Government News Release On The Arrests of Jemaah Islamiyah members - The ISA Advisory Board

 

44. 19 September 2002 
Singapore Government Press Statement on Further Arrests under the Internal Security Act

 

45. 16 September 2002 
Singapore Government Statement on Further Arrests Under the Internal Security Act

 

46. 01 March 2002 
Government Statement on JI Case, 1 March 02 (includes video clips) 

47. 25 February 2002 
Government News Release On The ISA Arrests - The Advisory Board Sits

 

48. 24 January 2002 
Government News Release on the ISA arrests -The Link of the Yishun Videotape

 

49. 11 January 2002 
Singapore Government Press Statement On ISA Arrests

 

50. 05 January 2002 
Singapore Government Press Statement on Arrests under the Internal Security Act


 

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Related Links


UN Security Council Resolutions (1267/1989, 1988 and 1373)

UNSCRs 1267/1989​ requires all states to implement sanctions measures on designated individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida, wherever located.

UNSCR 1988 requires all states to implement sanctions measures on designated Taliban individuals and entities as well as those associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan.

UNSCR 1373 calls for member states to establish terrorist acts as serious criminal offences in domestic laws and regulations.


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions. The objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. Singapore is a member of FATF and we are committed to implement FATF measures to counter terrorism financing.

Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office (STRO)is Singapore's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). It is the central agency in Singapore for receiving, analysing and disseminating reports of suspicious transactions, known as Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs). STRO turns raw data contained in STRs into financial intelligence that could be used to detect money laundering, terrorism financing and other criminal offences. It also disseminates financial intelligence to relevant enforcement and regulatory agencies.


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