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Malaysia holds suspected terror network recruiter

Malaysia holds suspected terror network recruiter

Authorities arrested a Malaysian accused of recruiting university students for the regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah, human rights activists and a news report said Sunday.
Mohamad Fadzullah Abbul Razak was taken into custody at his home in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday under the Internal Security Act, which provides for indefinite detention without trial, said Nalini Elumalai, a rights activist who monitors arrests under the act.
The Star newspaper, citing unidentified security officials, described the 28-year-old engineer as one of Malaysia's most wanted terror suspects. He had recently returned from a trip to Thailand, but the reason and length of his visit were not known, Nalini said.
Police had been hunting for Mohamad Fadzullah since 2007 because he allegedly persuaded students at various Malaysian universities to join Jemaah Islamiyah, which has been blamed for attacks in Southeast Asia including the 2002 bombings on Indonesia's Bali island, The Star added.
Home Ministry and police officials who could comment on the arrest were not immediately available Sunday.
Malaysian human rights groups and lawyers will file a court appeal for Mohamad Fadzullah to be released if authorities do not plan to charge him in court, said Nalini.
His family is shocked over his arrest and have indicated they believe he is innocent, Nalini said.
Government authorities do not regularly release information on security detentions, but activists estimate about 15 people accused of being threats to national security are currently held under the Internal Security Act. They include militant suspects and alleged document forgers.


Updated : 2021-06-24 19:48 GMT+08:00