2 senior JI members detained under ISA for terrorism-related activities; 3 released
Two senior members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist organisation have been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for involvement in terrorism-related activities.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Thursday that it issued Orders of Detention (ODs) against Abd Rahim Abdul Rahman in March this year and Husaini Ismail in June (2012).
MHA said they had undergone terrorist training in Afghanistan with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation in 1999/2000.
They had also been actively involved in observing several potential local and foreign targets in Singapore for a terrorist attack.
Both men fled Singapore in December 2001 soon after the start of the security operation against the JI, and took refuge overseas.
While on the run, Husaini was involved in the plot led by Singapore JI leader Mas Selamat Kastari to hijack an airplane bound for Singapore and crash it into Changi Airport in January 2002 - to retaliate against the disruption of the Singapore JI network.
Abd Rahim was arrested in Malaysia in February 2012 and was deported to Singapore.
Husaini was arrested in Indonesia in June 2009 and was jailed for immigration offences.
He was deported to Singapore after he served his jail term in May 2012.
The ministry also announced that three individuals were released from detention between March and September 2012.
JI member Rijal Yadri Jumari, who was detained under the ISA in March 2008, was released on 20 March (2012).
He was a member of the JI's "Al-Ghuraba" cell in Pakistan that comprised young JI members who were being groomed to be operatives and future JI leaders.
Mohd Jauhari Abdullah, a senior JI member detained in September 2002 in the second phase of the Singapore JI arrests, was released on 15 September.
Muhammad Fadil Abdul Hamid, a self-radicalised youth who intended to wage armed jihad in Afghanistan and die as a martyr on the battlefield, was detained under the ISA in April 2010 and released on 4 April 2012.
The Restriction Orders (ROs) against 17 JI members were allowed to lapse between March and September this year as they had been cooperative and responsive to rehabilitation efforts and no longer required further supervision under the RO regime.
The 17 are: Muhamad Ismail Anuwarul, Abdul Nassir Anwarul, Abdul Rashid Anwarul, Othman Mohamed, Salim Marwan, Abdul Majid s/o Niaz Mohamed, Azman Jalani, Faiz Abdullah Ashiblie, Habibullah s/o Hameed, Mohamed Noor Sulaimi, Munain Turru, Naharudin Sabtu, Nordin Parman, Said Ismail, Sanin Riffin, Simon Sabtu, and Zulkifli Mohamed Jaffar, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front member Husin Ab Aziz.
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