16 Sep 2019

Singaporean Charged with Financing of Terrorism

1.        A 34-year-old Singaporean man, Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir s/o Sheik Uduman (Hussein), was charged in Court on 16 September 2019 for providing money for terrorist purposes, an offence under section 4(a) of the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act, Chapter 325. 

 

2.         Hussein has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) since August 2018. He had been radicalised and wanted to undertake armed violence in support of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

 

3.         A parallel investigation by the Commercial Affairs Department found that Hussein had provided SGD 1,059 and USD 62 (~SGD 86) on 29 July 2016 and 3 September 2016 respectively to an individual overseas who was facilitating terrorist acts. These acts of providing money in support of terrorist purposes are serious offences, regardless of the amount, under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act.

 

4.         If Hussein is convicted, the Order of Detention against him will be cancelled, and he will serve the imprisonment term imposed by the Court. To prevent him spreading his radical ideas to other inmates, he will be held separately, and will continue to undergo rehabilitation whilst serving his prison sentence. An assessment will be made at the end of his sentence whether he has been successfully rehabilitated or remains a threat to society. If he remains a threat, he may be detained further under the ISA.

 

5.         Terrorism and its financing represent a grave threat to domestic and international security, and global action is required to deprive terrorist groups of funding and materials. Singapore is part of this global effort and is strongly committed to combatting terrorism financing, regardless of whether the monies are used to facilitate terrorist purposes locally or abroad.

 

6.         Members of the public are reminded not to remit money, of any amount, or provide any support through the provision of services, supplies or any material to a terrorist organisation, or for facilitating or carrying out any terrorist act. Anyone convicted of the offence of providing property and services for terrorist purposes shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $500,000, or both. Anyone with information on such activities should inform the authorities promptly.

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