JI member in S'pore jail after arrest in Thailand

SINGAPORE: A senior Singaporean member of regional terrorist organisation Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is in detention here after Thai authorities arrested him in Bangkok last month, the government here announced yesterday. 

The Home Affairs Ministry said Arifin Ali, alias John Wong Ah Hung, 42, was arrested on May 16 and accused of being involved in plots to attack five foreign embassies in Bangkok. 

Arifin was repatriated here the next day and being detained under the nation's Internal Security Act.  

“Arifin Ali is a senior member of the Singapore JI organisation,” the ministry said in a statement, alleging he had been hiding in Thailand since January last year. 


“Arifin has disclosed to the ISD (Internal Security Department) that he is involved with a group of like-minded individuals in planning terrorist attacks against certain targets in Thailand,” the ministry added. 


The ministry said that Arifin was a trainer in JI's military training and security unit who fled Singapore for Malaysia in December 2001 following the arrest that month of 13 other JI members in the city-state. – AFP  

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