Singaporean man who supports ISIS charged with terrorist financing, detained under ISA

Wan Ting Koh
Reporter
An ISIS flag. (Associated Press file photo)

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean man who allegedly sent money to two individuals to finance terrorist acts was charged in the State Courts on Monday (16 September).

Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik Uduman, 34, who has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) since August last year, was radicalised and wanted to undertake armed violence in support of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement.

Hussein is accused of two offences under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act.

He allegedly transferred S$1,059 on 26 July, 2016 to a person known as Patrick Gray though Western Union Global Network, believing that the money would benefit a person who was facilitating terrorist acts. The person is named as Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal in court documents.

He was also charged with sending US$62 (S$85.14) via PayPal to a person known as Nzingha Kokayi, believing that the monies would benefit Sheikh Abdullah.

If convicted, Hussein’s Order of Detention will be cancelled, and he will serve the jail term imposed by the court, MHA said.

“To prevent him spreading his radical ideas to other inmates, he will be held separately, and will continue to undergo rehabilitation whilst serving his prison sentence.

“An assessment will be made at the end of his sentence whether he has been successfully rehabilitated or remains a threat to society. If he remains a threat, he may be detained further under the ISA,” MHA said.

Terrorism and its financing were a “grave threat” to domestic and international security and the ministry reminded the public not to provide any form of support to terrorist groups.

If found guilty of facilitating a terrorist act, Hussein faces a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine of $500,000.

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