SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs has given details of the release of three individuals from detention under the Internal Security Act and the detention of a self—radicalised Singaporean.
In a statement, the Ministry said three individuals were released between November last year and February this year.
They were Ishak Mohamed Noohu who was placed on a Restriction Order on 1st November last year, Maksham Mohd Shah who was released on Suspension Direction on 5th December last year and and Mohamed Hussain Saynudin who was placed on Restriction Order on 21st February this year.
The Ministry said Ishak and Hussain were members of the Singapore Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network who were detained under the ISA in November 2006 and February 2007 respectively, while Maksham was a self—radicalised individual who was detained in December 2007.
All three men were assessed to no longer pose a security threat that required preventive detention.
A Suspension Direction (SD) is a Ministerial direction to suspend the operation of an existing Order of Detention (OD).
The Minister of 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.
Since January 2002, 64 persons have been detained under the ISA for their involvement in terrorism—related activities.
Of these, more than two—thirds have been released after they were assessed to have been rehabilitated and did not pose a security threat that warranted preventive detention.
However, one of them has since been re—detained.
The Ministry said former detainee Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader was detained under the Internal Security Act in October last year for planning to take up arms against the foreign military presence in places that included Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Syria.
Abdul Basheer was a self—radicalised individual who was previously detained in February 2007 as he had made specific plans to pursue militant jihad in Afghanistan.
He was released on a Suspension Direction in February 2010 and was placed on a Restriction Order in February 2011.
The Ministry explained that Abdul Basheer had initially made some progress in reintegrating into society after his release from detention.
However, while under a Restriction Order supervision, he was detected to have reverted to his earlier interest of undertaking militant jihad abroad.
He had even made enquiries as to how he could leave Singapore, illegally if necessary, to pursue his jihad plans.
The factors that contributed to his relapse included the surfing of radical websites that propagated virulent extremist ideology, and political events in countries in the Middle East.
The Ministry said he had to be re—arrested in September last year and was issued with an Order of Detention the following month to prevent him from pursuing his violent agenda.
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