Sep 24, 2010
Mat Selamat Returned to Singapore
Mat Selamat the terror suspect detained under the Malaysian Internal Security Act (ISA) was today late afternoon sent back to Singapore. No reason was given by the government.
Some are saying that this is a gift to appease the Singapore government in the chase by Najib for the rich island state investments in to Malaysia.
Najib was in Singapore last week to settle the issue of the KTM land swap and a host of investments by the Singapore government was announced and confirmed especially to the Iskandar region of Johor Bahru.
The story of Mat Selamat was carried by the Associated Press just released at about noon today as below: (click read more)
Malaysia deported a Singaporean terrorist suspect Friday nearly 18 months after he was captured while on the run after staging a dramatic escape from a high-security prison in the city-state.
Mas Selamat Kastari, the alleged commander of the Singapore arm of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah militant group, was released from a Malaysian prison Friday morning, said Mohamad Fuzi Harun, head of the Federal Police's counterterrorism unit, in a written statement.
"The Home Minister ... canceled the detention order against Mas Selamat," Mohamad Fuzi said without elaborating.
A statement by Singapore's Home Ministry said the former fugitive, who is of Indonesian origin, was handed over to Singaporean authorities later Friday.
It said "he has been arrested under the Singapore's Internal Security Act," which allows indefinite detention without trial.
Mas Selamat, who is in his late 40s, is accused of plotting to hijack a plane and crash it into Singapore's international airport. Jemaah Islamiyah is accused of carrying out the 2002 bombings in Bali, Indonesia, that killed 202 people.
After a year on the run, he was captured in Malaysia on April 1, 2009, and detained under the Internal Security Act.
Mas Selamat's deportation came two days after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak went to Singapore for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The talks focused on a land-swap deal, and there was no indication that Mas Selamat's release was imminent.
The Singapore Home Ministry statement said Mas Selamat's capture and deportation "illustrates the long-standing close cooperation between the Malaysian and Singaporean security agencies, which has served both countries well."