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Singaporean being investigated for allegedly planning to take part in Syria conflict

Published on Mar 22, 2014 6:49 PM
 
A damaged building is seen at Husen village in Homs, after soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad took control of it from rebel fighters, March 21, 2014. A Singaporean man is being investigated for allegedly going to Syria "with the intention to undertake violence" in the ongoing armed conflict there, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a media statement on Saturday, March 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

A Singaporean man is being investigated for allegedly going to Syria "with the intention to undertake violence" in the ongoing armed conflict there, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a media statement on Saturday.

Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali, a 37-year-old supermarket manager, is a former Indian national who obtained his Singapore citizenship in 2008. A member of the public informed the authorities of his alleged travel to Syria after he had already left Singapore.

MHA also said it was established that Gul Mohamed Maracachi Maraicar, a 37-year-old Indian national and former Singapore permanent resident, had abetted and assisted Haja in his radicalisation and plans to participate in armed violence in Syria.

Gul, who worked as a system analyst with a multinational company here, was investigated under the Internal Security Act and deported and banned from entering Singapore for his role in abetting and aiding Haja.

 
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