KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will be closely monitored by Bukit Aman's Counter Terrorism Division if he is released by the Indonesian government, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said this was necessary as Malaysia was faced with on-going threats from Jemaah Islamiah (JI) activities.
"We are monitoring to ensure that he (Abu Bakar) is not involved in the recruitment process or making attempts to relive his past struggle with JI.
"Cases of JI in this country are related to his past activities as JI elements were found in the attacks and targets” he said after the handing over of duties, pinning of ranks for senior officers and awarding of medals for valour at the police training centre here on Tuesday (Jan 29).
Mohamad Fuzi said the Malaysian police would contact the Indonesian National Police (Polri) to find out more on the latest developments about Abu Bakar.
"We do not want his release to cause new security problems especially in terms of resurgence of activity from JI or other radical extreme elements related to his activities," he said.
Earlier, the Indonesian government was said to be reviewing a decision to grant an early release to Abu Bakar, the alleged mastermind linked to the nightclub bombing in Bali in 2002.
It was announced last week that the early release was on humanitarian grounds.
Abu Bakar was sentenced to 15 years in prison. - Bernama
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