Filipino detained for terrorism released


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 the Filipino would be released along with five other members of a “terrorist group” called Darul Islamiah Sabah.

The group will be released because they have already served the full term of their detention.

The Filipino was identified as Muadz Hakim by Malaysia’s Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the report said.

Others who were suspected to be terrorists were Malaysians Adzmi Pindatun, Mohd Nazri Dollah and Bakar Baba and Indonesians Darto Bandu and Muhammad Adnan Umar.

The men were released after being detained for two years at the Kemunting Protective Detention Center in Taiping, Malaysia.

The group was detained under the Internal Security Act, which was repealed in 2012.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 detention can be extended for another two years in the interest of public order, security and crime prevention.


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