The Malaysian government released on Sunday a Filipino earlier arrested and detained for allegedly engaging in terrorist activities two years ago.
A news report from Malaysia’s The Star Online said Muadz Hakim will be released along with five other members of a “terrorist group” called Darul Islamiah Sabah.
Also freed were Malaysians Adzmi Pindatun, Mohd Nazri Dollah and Bakar Baba and Indonesians Darto Bandu and Muhammad Adnan Umar.
The group was detained under the Internal Security Act, which was repealed in 2012. After the repeal, the Prevention of Crime Act was amended to allow a person to be detained without being charged or tried for up to two years.
The men will be released after being detained for two years at the Kemunting Protective Detention Center in Taiping, Malaysia.
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