SINGAPORE: A Singaporean businessman was charged in a court docket right here on Monday with offering cash to an Islamic State militant for facilitating terrorist acts in Syria.
Mohamed Kazali Salleh, who was based mostly in Malaysia, is accused of giving SGD 1,000 over three events to a Malaysian Islamic State militant Wan Mohd Aquil Wan Zainal Abidin often known as Akel Zainal, who was believed to be essentially the most senior ISIS fighter in Syria previous to his reported demise in March 2019, stated the Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA).
Kazali was arrested by Malaysian Particular Department officers in December 2018, in keeping with a Channel Information Asia report on Monday.
He was deported to Singapore and handed over to the Inner Safety Division on January 7, 2019, for investigations into his terrorism-related actions.
He was issued with an Order of Detention beneath the Inner Safety Act (ISA) in January 2019 for supporting the terrorist group Islamic State.
A parallel investigation by the police’s Industrial Affairs Division discovered that in 2013 and 2014, Kazali allegedly supplied a complete of Malaysian Ringgit 1,500 (SGD 576) and USD 351.75 (SGD450) over three events to Akel Zainal.
The funds had been purportedly meant for facilitating terrorist acts in Syria, stated MHA.
“The act of offering cash in assist of terrorist functions, whatever the quantity, is a critical offence beneath the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act,” stated MHA.
If convicted, the detention order towards Kazali can be cancelled and he’ll serve the sentence imposed by the court docket.
“To forestall him from spreading his radical concepts to different inmates, he can be held individually, and can proceed to endure rehabilitation while serving his jail sentence,” stated the ministry.
“An evaluation can be made on the finish of his sentence whether or not he has been efficiently rehabilitated or stays a menace to society. If he stays a menace, he could also be detained additional beneath the ISA,” Channel Information Asia cited the Ministry as saying.
MHA reminded members of the general public to not switch cash or present assist by means of the availability of companies, provides or any materials to a terrorist organisation, or for facilitating or finishing up terrorist acts.
Anybody discovered responsible of offering property and companies for terrorist functions could also be jailed for as much as 10 years, fined as much as SGD 500,000, or each, the MHA stated.
“Terrorism and terrorism financing are grave threats to home and worldwide safety, and world motion is required to deprive terrorist teams of funding and supplies,” added the ministry.
“Singapore is a part of this world effort and is strongly dedicated to combatting terrorism financing, no matter whether or not the monies are used to facilitate terrorist acts regionally or overseas,” the ministry stated.