12 March 2009
Further Releases and Lapse of Restriction Order under the Internal Security Act, 12 March 2009
Release from detention
Two Singaporean members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist network, Mohamed Ellias s/o Mohamed Khan (Mohd Ellias) and Ja’afar bin Mistooki (Ja’afar), were released on Suspension Directions (SD)1 under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on 5 Jan 2009.
2 Mohamed Ellias and Ja’afar were arrested in Dec 2001 and detained under the ISA in Jan 2002 for their involvement in the JI’s plans to mount terrorist attacks against several targets in Singapore.
3 Since their detention in Jan 2002, Mohamed Ellias and Ja’afar have been cooperative in investigations and shown significant progress in their rehabilitation, and were assessed to no longer pose a security threat that required preventive detention.
Lapse of Restriction Order
4 The Restriction Order (RO) of Faisel bin Abdullah Abdat (Faisel) expired on 8 Feb 2009 and was not renewed. Faisel was detained in Feb 2003 for providing material support to an Al-Qaeda collaborator and subsequently released on SD in Oct 2003. He was first issued with a 2-year RO in Feb 2005 when his SD lapsed. As Faisel had been cooperative in investigations and responded to rehabilitation, he was assessed to no longer require supervision under an RO regime.
Ministry of Home Affairs
12 March 2009