Three Singaporeans dealt with under ISA for terror-related activities: MHA

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Three Singaporeans had been arrested and dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for terror-related activities, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a media release on Thursday (9 November).

Two Singaporeans were issued with an Order of Detention (OD) and one with a Restriction Order (RO). The three – two men and a woman – were dealt with between September and November this year, said MHA.

The first, Abu Thalha bin Samad (Abu Thalha), 25, was a member of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). He was educated in JI-linked schools in the region and underwent paramilitary training in some of those schools.

“He understood it to mean that he was duty-bound to carry out whatever instructions the JI leaders had for him, including performing armed jihad and sacrificing his life for the JI’s violent cause,” said MHA.

Abu Thalha had been teaching in a JI-linked school since 2016 and helping to spot students to become JI members.

MHA worked with a “regional government” to deport him to Singapore in August 2017. He was arrested under the ISA for his involvement in a terrorist organisation and issued with an OD for a period of two years in September 2017.

The second, Adzrul Azizi bin Bajuri (Adzrul), 19, is a former full-time National Serviceman. He is a supporter of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Adzrul became radicalised through exposure to pro-ISIS radical material online while watching online videos related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2014.

In mid-2016, Adzrul considered fighting for ISIS in Syria, but from August this year, he “began having some doubts about the legitimacy of ISIS’s ideology and its violent tactics”, said MHA.

In September this year, he was issued with an RO and will be required to undergo counselling, including religious counselling.

The third is a 38-year-old housewife, Munavar Baig Amina Begam, who is a naturalised Singapore citizen originally from India.

Radicalised by a foreign contact online, Amina was an ISIS supporter and intended to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS.

Amina was radicalised “to the extent that she was prepared to undergo military training and take up arms to fight for ISIS in the Middle-East if called upon by ISIS to do so”, said MHA, adding that she shared materials promoting terrorism online.

She was issued with an OD for a period of two years in November 2017.

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