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Three Singaporeans Hold Under ISA For Terrorism-Linked Activities, MHA

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SINGAPORE, Nov 9 -- Three Singaporeans were dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) between September and November this year, according to the republic’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

They were two men and a woman, aged between 19 and 38.

In its latest update on terrorism-related arrests under the ISA, the Ministry said that Abu Thalha Samad, 25, took bai'ah (pledge of allegiance) in 2014 and became a Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) member.

In August 2017, MHA said it worked together with a regional government to deport him to Singapore where he was arrested under the ISA for his involvement in a terrorist organisation.

He was issued with an Order of Detention (OD) for a period of two years in September, it said.

Another man, Adzrul Azizi Bajuri is a former full-time National Serviceman who served as a Logistics Assistant in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Adzrul, 19, became radicalised through exposure to pro-Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) online radical material, said MHA.

From August 2017 onwards, the Ministry said he started having some doubts about the legitimacy of ISIS's ideology and its violent tactics.

He was issued with a Restriction Order (RO) in September 2017 and will be required to undergo counselling, including religious counselling, it said.

A housewife, Munavar Baig Amina Begam meanwhile was radicalised by a foreign online contact, who shared with her pro-ISIS materials, and convinced her that ISIS was fighting to defend Sunnis in the conflict zone, said MHA.

To influence others to support ISIS, the Ministry said Amina shared materials promoting terrorism on social media, which inter alia, encouraged others to fight and die as martyrs.

Amina, a naturalised Singapore Citizen originally from India, was issued with an OD for a period of two years this month, it said.

Meanwhile, MHA said the RO issued against Mustafa Kamal Mohammad, 62, was allowed to lapse in September this year.

Mustafa, who was placed on RO in September 2013, was a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“While on RO, he was cooperative and responsive to rehabilitation efforts. As such, he no longer requires supervision under the RO regime,” it said.