KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 – To date, police have detained 40 individuals linked to terrorist group Islamic State (IS). Of the 40 detainees, 13 has since been charged, including three this morning. However, 12 has been released due to insufficient evidence against them.
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay said the 40 suspects of diversified backgrounds have participated in various ways to support the IS movement, including recruiting and training. “The arrests have been carried out since February last year as we are committed to fighting the battle against terrorism, especially those from Malaysia.
“Thirteen of the suspects have been charged under Chapter VI A – Offences Relating To Terrorism of the Penal Code and under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971,” he told The Rakyat Post today. Fifteen of the suspects are still under police investigation while 12 have been released due to insufficient evidence against them.
This morning, three of the suspects, 26-year-old technician Mohamad Yusofee Ishak, architect Mohd Syafrein Rasid, 26, and grocery store owner Mohd Rosmadi Che Daud, 42, were charged at the Sepang Sessions Court for attempting to provide support to IS with the intention of becoming members of the terrorist group.
The three were arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sept 25 while on their way to board a Qatar Airways flight to Istanbul, Turkey to join IS. They were accused of knowingly providing support to a terrorist group or activities. If found guilty, they face a prison term of not more than 15 years or fine.
Among other suspects were an assistant director with the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, a 14-year old secondary school student, a married couple and their three children, and a jihadist who had just returned from Syria.
Credit : The Rakyat Post