Malaysia charges former army captain and woman for terrorism and for recruiting mercenaries for Syria
The state prosecutor of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has charged a former captain of the Malaysian army, who is known to have links to an Al Qaeda associated organization, and a woman for encouraging terrorism in Syria. The former captain, Yazzid Sufaat, has allegedly been recruiting mercenaries from his home in a Kuala Lumpur suburb, while Halimah Hussein has been charged for aiding and abetting Sufaat. The mercenaries were supposed to be deployed to Syria to take part in the ongoing insurgency. Sufaat is tied to a biological and chemical weapons program for Al Qaeda.
Kuala Lumpur police arrested Sufaat and Hussein on Thursday, stating that the couple were the masterminds behind a militant recruitment network. The prosecutors office has not been forthcoming with many detail, other than that their actions could have threatened public safety in Syria and that more information could not yet be disclosed due to the ongoing investigation.
The national Malaysian news agency Bernama stated on Thursday, tha unidentified sources had said, that the couple had tried to recruit young people to be trained for missions that include suicide bombings.
Sufaat has previously be detained and became known for his ties to Al Qaeda associated organizations, when he was arrested in 2001, after returning from Afghanistan. During his 2001 arrest Saufaat was under suspicion of working on a biological and chemical weapons program for Al Qaeda. Both Yazid Sufaat and Halimah Hussein face up to 30 years in prison if they are found guilty as charged.
Several Al Qaeda associated organizations are known to be operating in Northern Malaysia from where an insurgency in Southern Thailand is being supported. It remains so far unclear which of the Al Qaeda associated organizations the couple were working for, but it is not unlikely that it is one of the organizations like the HuJI, which have ties to the intelligence services of Bangladesh and the USA.
Police Detain 3 People Suspected of Recruiting Terrorists
The police have detained three Malaysians, including a former army captain allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda, on suspicion of recruiting militants for terrorist activities.
These detentions are reportedly the first under the new Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act 2012, which replaced the Internal Security Act (ISA) last year.
The two men and a woman were detained on Thursday on suspicion that they led efforts “to recruit several Malaysians for terrorist activities,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said in a statement, adding that the investigation was continuing. He did not identify the suspects.
Human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) said the suspects include Yazid Sufaat, a former Malaysian army captain who was earlier accused of belonging to Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional militant network. He was freed in 2008 after seven years’ detention, and was currently a cafeteria operator in KL.
According to SUARAM, Yazid and an employee were detained from their workplace. The identity of the female suspect was not yet known.
The Home Ministry confirmed that three locals were detained during the operation in Selangor.
“The trio detained were allegedly believed to be involved in militancy and terrorism both locally and internationally, and this is very serious,” Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters Thursday.
The Security Offenses Act allows police to hold suspects for up to 28 days before they can be brought to court. Militant suspects could earlier be jailed for years without trial under ISA, but Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak repealed the 1960 law as part of his reform programme.
The Government maintains that Malaysia’s security laws have kept the nation safe from any major terrorist incident.
According to Associated Press, “Yazid was one of Malaysia’s most prominent security detainees in the past decade.” A United States-trained biochemist, he was previously arrested in late 2001 when he returned home from Afghanistan, where he was suspected of working on a biological and chemical weapons programme for Al-Qaeda.
ANCHE DALLA MALESIA…ASPIRANTI SUICIDI IN SIRIA: EX-CAPITANO DELL’ESERCITO MALESE E GRADUATO CHIMICO IN USA, AFFILIATO AD AL-QAEDA/CIA, ARRUOLAVA MERCENARI DA INVIARE A COMBATTERE IN SIRIA
Arrestato in Malesia un ex capitano dell’esercito, con altre 3 persone, con l’accusa di terrorismo e di reclutare mercenari da inviare a combattere in Siria per Al-Qaeda.
Il pubblico ministero di Kuala Lumpur, in Malesia, ha fatto arrestare un ex capitano dell’esercito malese, già noto per avere legami con un’associazione locale legata ad Al-Qaeda, con l’accusa di incoraggiare attivamente il terrorismo, specie attualmente in Siria.
L’ex capitano, Yazzid Sufaat, stava reclutando mercenari usando la sua casa, in un sobborgo di Kuala Lumpur, come centrale operativa per lo smistamento di terroristi a pagamento.
Insieme all’ex militare malese, e alla donna con cui conviveva, è stato anche arrestato Halimah Hussein, luogotenente di Sufaat.
I mercenari avrebbero dovuto essere inviati e dislocati in diverse regioni della Siria per partecipare alle azioni di sabotaggio e terrorismo in corso.
Sufaat, è assolutamente provato che sia legato ad un programma di fabbricazione di armi biologiche e chimiche per Al Qaeda.
Yazzid Sufaat, classe 1964, si è laureato nel 1987 in Biochimica presso l’Università di Stato della California (USA). Aveva prestato servizio nell’esercito malese col grado di capitano medico addetto al reparto approvigionamentio tecnici.
Esperto in armi chimiche e batteriologiche, con speciale attenzione accademica verso l’Anthrax (antrace), è stato in custodia detentiva da parte dell’ISA (Internal Security Act – Malaysia) sin dal 2002 e fu rilasciato nel 2008.
Chi crede che che le Unità Operative dell’Esercito Arabo Siriano abbiano un corto raggio d’azione, si sbaglia. Non ci sarà luogo al mondo dove i nemici della Siria possano nascondersi.