A radicalised 33-year-old Singaporean man was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in August, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a media statement on Wednesday (12 September).
Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik Uduman, an information technology engineer, had wanted to undertake armed violence in Syria in support of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.
“Ahmed’s path to radicalisation began in 2013 when he turned to the Internet for religious knowledge,” said the ministry.
The statement added that had Ahmed followed the lectures of foreign radical ideologues, such as the late Anwar al-Awlaki and several others who have been detained for inciting terrorism or voicing support for terrorism.
He had also maintained regular contact with pro-ISIS individuals on social media, and had tried to influence some of his foreign online contacts to follow the violent teachings of the ideologues he followed – with the aim of getting them to support ISIS.
“(Ahmed) grew to believe that the use of violence in the name of religion was justified and by late-2016, he was convinced that he should fight and die as a martyr for ISIS in its self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq,” said MHA.
Detained woman released on suspension direction
Separately, 39-year-old Munavar Baig Amina Begam was released from detention in July. She had been detained under the ISA in November last year for supporting ISIS and “harbouring the intention to make her way to Syria to join the terrorist group”.
Her release was granted as she had been found to no longer pose an imminent security threat that required preventive detention.
Now under a Suspension Direction (SD), she must abide by several conditions, including not being permitted to change residence or employment or to travel out of Singapore without the prior approval of the Internal Security Department’s director.
Those issued with SDs also cannot issue public statements, address public meetings, print or contribute to any publication, or join any organisation without the ISD director’s prior approval.