Islamic militant detained in Singapore under Internal Security Act - govt
11.11.2005, 05:38 AM
SINGAPORE (AFX) - An Islamic militant has been detained under Singapore's Internal Security Act (ISA), bringing the total now arrested indefinitely for alleged terrorist links to 36, the government said.
Mohammad Sharif bin Rahmat was detained for alleged links to militant groups including the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the home ministry said.
Sharif is alleged to have been undergoing physical training with the JI, and was also found to be preparing for armed conflict during his involvement with the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, it said.
Thirty-six people are now under indefinite detention here for their links to groups such as JI and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the main separatist group in the Philippines.
Under the ISA, detainees' cases are reviewed every two years and are only released when the authorities are sure they do not pose a significant security threat.
In a related development, the ministry also announced the release of Ali Ridhaa bin Abdullah, who had been involved in operational reconnaissance work for the JI prior to his arrest.
Ali, a converted Muslim whose original name is Andrew Gerald, was set free after responding positively to religious counselling, a home affairs spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse.
Seventeen others are under restriction orders that ban them from leaving the country without permission, latest figures provided by the ministry showed.