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Former PAS leader among Malaysian jihadists in Syria: Reports

Published on Jun 26, 2014 5:40 PM
Ustaz Lofti Ariffin (left), a former leader of the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), has been identified as one of the Malaysians who travelled to Syria to join a jihadist movement. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA - One of the Malaysians who have travelled to Syria to join a jihadist movement has been identified as Lotfi Ariffin, a former leader of opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS).

An investigation by The Star newspaper found that Lotfi has uploaded photographs and video clips of himself on social media while his supporters have also blogged about his exploits.

Lotfi is a former member of the PAS Dewan Ulama, or Clerics Council consisting of senior party clerics.

PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali said on Thursday that Lotfi was sacked from the party last month after it learnt that he had joined a jihadist group in Syria, The Malaysian Insider news portal reported. Datuk Mustafa said the media was told about the sacking only on Thursday.

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