Zahid: 7 prison warders swayed by IS ideology undergo de-radicalisation

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 28 Jul 2016

KUCHING: Seven prison warders are being de-radicalised after becoming influenced by the militant ideology of suspected Islamic State (IS) detainees.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the warders had been identified and sent for de-radicalisation programmes.

He said all detained militants were now being isolated from other prisoners to prevent the spread of their ideology.

“We have started isolating these detainees whom we call ideological criminals as their crimes are motivated by their ideology.

“They should be isolated from other prisoners so that they do not become influenced,” he told reporters after attending a Hari Raya gathering for state Home Ministry personnel at Kompleks Islam Sarawak here on Thursday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also said the Kamunting detention camp, which formerly held Internal Security Act detainees, would be used to hold terror suspects.

“We have refurbished it and built a new block where these suspects will be detained,” he said.

He added that efforts to curb the spread of terror ideology involved not only the police and Prisons Department but also psychologists and ulama.

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