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Updated: 03/22/2014 18:26 | By Channel NewsAsia

MHA investigates allegations that S'porean involved in Syrian conflict

MHA investigates allegations that S'porean involved in Syrian conflict


MHA investigates allegations that S'porean involved in Syrian conflict

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Home Affairs Ministry (MHA) is investigating allegations that a Singaporean may have recently travelled to Syria with the intention of participating in an ongoing armed conflict there.

When the authorities were informed of Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali's alleged travels to Syria by a member of public, the 37-year-old had already left Singapore.

Haja, a manager in a local supermarket, is a former Indian national who obtained his Singapore citizenship in 2008.

He left Singapore in November 2013 and has not returned since.

MHA said authorities have also established that a man had abetted and assisted Haja in his radicalisation and plans to take part in the Syrian conflict.

Gul Mohamed Maracachi Maraicar, also 37, is an Indian national and former Singapore Permanent Resident.

MHA said Gul, who worked as a system analyst with a multi-national company in Singapore, was investigated under the Internal Security Act.

Although it was assessed that he did not pose an imminent security threat to Singapore, Gul has been deported and banned from entering Singapore for his role in abetting and aiding Haja.

MHA reminds the public to alert the authorities if they suspect that a friend or family member has become radicalised, or who is planning to undertake armed violence overseas.

It said this will enable the authorities to take appropriate action to prevent the person from pursuing acts of violence that could cause harm to himself or to others and even lead to the loss of lives. - CNA/gn

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