Identity of detained preacher remains a mystery


  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Feb 2003

KOTA KINABALU: Mystery surrounds the real identity of a Malaysian preacher from the Jemaah Tabligh group detained in Indonesia. 

The Sabah Islamic Affairs Department has so far been unable to get details of the background of Husei Amir from Tawau, who was arrested in Toli Toli, Indonesia, last month for conducting religious talks, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Lajim Ukin. 

“We do not have anything on him yet. I believe the department is still carrying out checks on him,” said Lajim, who is the minister in charge of Islamic matters in the state. 

Lajim said that he had raised the matter with Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Yusuff to assist them on the matter when they met in Kudat. 

“I think police are also trying to establish his background,” he said, adding that they did not know if Husei had been deported back to Sabah already. 

Husei was summoned to the police station at Palu on Jan 17 for breaching his social visit pass by giving religious talks at a mosque in Toli Toli, according to Indonesian immigration officer Daddy Suraydi. 

He had suffered injuries on his neck and stomach when he reportedly smashed his body against a glass window on Jan 20 and was being treated at the military hospital, Daddy said. 

Husei had entered Indonesia through Nunukan from Tawau and had claimed that he was meeting with relatives.  

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