Friday, 18 March 2016

Four Singaporeans linked to overseas armed groups arrested

Four Singaporeans arrested under the Internal Security Act
A person under an RO cannot change his residence, employment or travel out of Singapore without official approval. — TODAY pic
 
Three Singaporeans have been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for taking part in the sectarian conflict in Yemen — the first instances made public of the Republic’s citizens participating in strifes abroad, instead of merely having the intent to do so.
 
Mohammad Razif Yahya, 27; and Amiruddin Sawir, 53, had used firearms in fighting off Houthis — a Shia group — and were “prepared to kill and be killed as ‘martyrs’”, while Mohamed Mohideen Mohamed Jais, 25, was armed “with the aim to kill” although he did not encounter any situation requiring him to open fire. All three were performing armed sentry duties at a religious institution in Yemen they had attended.
 
A fourth citizen, Wang Yuandongyi, 23, intended to join a Kurdish militia group in Syria to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, but was foiled.
 
 
Singapore says it arrested 4 linked to Middle East conflicts
 
Singapore’s government announced Wednesday that it has arrested four citizens accused of links to armed conflict in Yemen and to a Kurdish militia group fighting against the Islamic State group.
 
It said the four men were arrested in separate cases under the country’s Internal Security Act, which allows indefinite detention without charge. Two have since been released with restrictions on their movements and speech, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

The arrests came as Singapore authorities have urged citizens to be more vigilant in dealing with the threat of terrorism. Singapore is a multiethnic nation, and its leaders have repeatedly warned against the dangers of religious extremism, saying it could permanently tear the small city-state’s ethnic fabric.

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S’poreans held under ISA for militant ties

Four Singapore citizens have been dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for taking part in violence or intending to undertake violence in armed conflicts overseas, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced.

Two of the men, Mohammad Razif Yahya, 27, and Amiruddin Sawir, 53, were detained under the ISA in August 2015 for voluntarily fighting in the sectarian conflict in Yemen.

A third, Mohamed Mohideen Mohamed Jais, 25, had also performed sentry duties in the war-torn Middle East country and was issued with a Restriction Order, which limits his activities, this month.
 
 
Singapore arrests 4 for joining Yemen, Syria conflicts
 
Four radicalised Singaporeans have been arrested for joining armed Islamist groups in war-torn Yemen and Syria, the government here said today.
 
Mohammad Razif Yahya, 27, and Amiruddin Sawir, 53, were both detained under the under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in August 2015 for voluntarily taking up arms and joining the sectarian conflict in Yemen, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement.
 
They started religious studies in an institution in Yemen in January 2010 and July 2013, respectively, and volunteered to take up armed sentry duties at the institution against any incursion by the Houthis, the ministry said.
 
 
Four Singaporeans linked to overseas armed groups arrested
Provided by AFP Two Singaporean men -- Mohammad Razif Yahya, 27, and Amiruddin Sawir, 53 -- were arrested in August 2015 and held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for detention without trial

Four Singaporeans have been arrested under the city-state's tough Internal Security Act (ISA) for joining or attempting to join armed groups in the Middle East, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

Two men -- Mohammad Razif Yahya, 27, and Amiruddin Sawir, 53 -- were held in August 2015 under the ISA which allows for detention without trial, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Both men had gone to Yemen at different times for religious studies but also took part in its sectarian conflict, it said.

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A Chinese name among the ISA detainees?

AT 23 years old, he is one of the youngest Singaporeans to be dealt under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in recent memory.

He would have recently finished his National Service, which may be why he thought to bring his army boots to fight in Syria. It seems he had tried to go into business, but failed. Desperate for a cause (or maybe he was just bored), he went online and learnt about the Kurds’ fight against ISIS, the terrorist group.

Perhaps it was then that he thought: I may not be a businessman, but I’m still a soldier.

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Four Singaporeans dealt with under Internal Security Act – One wanted to escape failed business venture
 
Four Singapore citizens have been separately dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for undertaking or intending to undertake violence in overseas armed conflicts overseas, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a press statement.
 
Mohammad Razif bin Yahya (Razif) and Amiruddin bin Sawir (Amiruddin) were detained under the ISA in August 2015, while Mohamed Mohideen bin Mohamed Jais (Mohideen) and Wang Yuandongyi (Wang) were issued with Restriction Orders (ROs) under the ISA in March 2016, the Ministry reported.
 
Razif (aged 27) and Amiruddin (aged 53) were detained for voluntarily taking up arms and participating in the armed sectarian conflict in Yemen.  They had commenced religious studies in a religious institution in Yemen in January 2010 and July 2013 respectively and volunteered to undertake armed sentry duties at the religious institution against any incursion by the Houthis (who are Shi’ites).
 
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23-year-old S'porean who wanted to fight ISIS in Syria is naturalised citizen of PRC origin
A Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson has issued a clarification regarding the 23-year-old Singaporean man who brought along Singapore Armed Forces-issued No. 4 uniform and combat boots to Syria to fight the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Wang Yuandongyi was one of the four men dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for undertaking or intending to undertake violence in overseas armed conflicts.

Wang was arrested under the ISA in February 2016 and placed on a Restriction Order under the ISA for two years in March 2016.

related: Differences and similarities between today's ISA arrests and the ones in January

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Four Singaporeans dealt with under ISA
 
FOUR Singaporeans have been dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for either joining or planning to join sectarian conflicts overseas. Two of them, Mohammad Razif Yahya, 27, and Amiruddin Sawir, 53, had participated in religious studies in Yemen, and volunteered for armed sentry duties at the school against possible attacks. Razif went through sniper training, and both were “involved in a fire-fight with the Houthis”, a rebel group.

“Razif and Amiruddin were prepared to kill and be killed as ‘martyrs’ in the sectarian conflict in Yemen”, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a press statement this afternoon (March 16). “By taking up arms in Yemen, they have demonstrated a readiness to use violence to pursue their religious cause. As such, they are assessed to pose a security threat to Singapore.”

The third man, Mohamed Mohideen Mohamed Jais, performed armed sentry duties while pursuing religious studies in Yemen from 2009 to early 2011. He did not encounter a situation that required him to open fire.
 
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MHA Foils China-Born New Citizen’s Plan to Fight ISIS Wearing His Army Number 4
 
For once, Singapore’s army green could have been involved in actual warfare.

Alas, the Ministry of Home Affairs intervened and arrested one chap who forgot that the classic army song goes “Train to be a leader and fight for OUR land…” lah.

China-born new citizen Wang Yuandongyi had brought along his army uniform and boots, as he travelled to Syria to help Kurdish troops battle ISIS.
 
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First Radicalised Chinese Man Detained By SG Government For Trying To Fight ISIS In Syria
Chinese Singaporean detained for trying to join fight against ISIS in Syria
 
Well that’s a first.
 
Yesterday (16 Mar), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revealed that four men have been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for engaging in overseas armed conflict, or intending to do so. Of the four, one name stood out.
 
Wang Yuandongyi, a 23-year-old, is ethnically Chinese. As a matter of fact, he was from China but became a Singapore citizen in 2014 and has even gone through National Service.
 
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23-year-old S’porean man brought along SAF No. 4 & combat boots to fight ISIS in Syria

Wang Yuandongyi, aged 23, was one of the four men dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for undertaking or intending to undertake violence in overseas armed conflicts.
 
He had intended to travel to Syria to join a Kurdish militia group that is fighting against the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He left Singapore in January 2016 for a third country, from where he intended to make his way to Turkey and onward to Syria.
 
However, he was reported by someone who became aware of his plans. On the request of Singapore, Wang was located by the authorities of the third country and was turned back to Singapore. He was arrested under the ISA and issued with a Restriction Order with effect from March 2016.
 
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