KUALA LUMPUR: Nineteen Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees have been released over the past two days.
On Sunday, four students, who were arrested for their alleged involvement in Jemaah Islamiah (JI) activities while studying in Pakistan, were freed after the completion of police investigations.
Yesterday, 15 Al-Ma'unah members, who were detained under the ISA on Sept 14, 2000 in Kamunting, Taiping, were freed.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Home Minister, said in a statement that the extension of their detention order was suspended under Section 10 of the Act.
However, all of them are restricted to their place of residence.
“This action is taken to enable the authorities to monitor them from time to time so that they don't return to activities that are described as militant or any activities that are against the laws of the country,” Abdullah said in the statement.
The 15 are Fauzi Mohamad, Zul Azhar Abdullah, Misman Giman, Noorkamarolzaman Samsir, Muhammad Subki Omar, Mohd Zabry Arifin, Md Hilmi Abd Hamid, Jalil Rashid, Mazlan Hassan, Mohd Radzi Mohd Razali, Mohamed Ismail Abdul Rani, Ramdi Abdullah, Sahak Tahib, Che Wan Mustaffa Che Wan Kaman and Mokhtar Senik.
Abdullah said that throughout their detention, the Home Ministry had held a series of rehabilitation programmes for them, including the Tafaqquh fi Ddin programme and entrepreneurship programme.
“All of them are truly remorseful for what they have done and have resolved to start a new life and not to repeat their misdeeds,” he added.
All the 15 Al-Ma'unah members were detained under Section 8(1) of the ISA for involvement in the group's activities.
They were detained following the arms heist at the 304 Infantry Battalion (TA) Camp in Gerik, Hulu
Perak, and attempt to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by more than 20 Al-Ma'unah members from the end of June until July 6, 2000.
Although the 15, who were released yesterday were not directly involved in the two offences, they were detained for their involvement in the group.
They were initially detained for two years after which the detention was extended for another two years.
The group's leader, Mohamed Amin Mohd Razali, has been sentenced to death for attempting to wage war against the King but his appeal is pending in the Court of Appeal.
In another press statement yesterday, federal police public relations chief Supt Jamshah Mustapa said the four students who were released were Muhammad Tarmizi Nordin, 16, Ahmad Firdaus Kamarudin, 18, Ahmad Muaz All Bakry, 20, and Amin Ahmad, 25.
He said the four, who were from Sepang, Kajang, Shah Alam and Raub respectively, were released upon completion of police investigations.
The four were among 13 Malaysian students arrested upon arrival at the KL International Airport on Nov 10, following their deportation from Pakistan.
The statement, however, did not mention the fate of the nine other students – Mohd Ikhwan Abdullah, Muhammad Radzi Abdul Razak, Abi Dzar Jaafar, Muhammad Ariffin Zulkarnain, Faiz Hassan Kamarulzaman, Mohd Akil Abdul Raof, Shahrul Nizam Amir Hamzah, Nurul Mohd Fakri Mohd Safar and Eddy Erman Shahime.
The 13, who were former students of the Abu Bakar Islamic University and Jamia Darasat, Gurshan Al-Iqbal, in Karachi, were arrested on Sept 20 during a pre-dawn raid by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pakistani Federal Agency.
Authorities in Pakistan later also nabbed four other Indonesians, including Rusman Gunawan, 27, who is said to be the brother of JI leader Hambali.
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