it's been more than a year since last FEBRUARY. now then they caught him - embarrasingly by the m'sian police. soon, sgp shall welcome home MAS SELAMAT KASTARI with opened arm. wks should be exceptionally happy, pleased and able to sleep soundly.
Singapore's JI leader Mas Selamat reportedly arrested in Malaysia
Posted: 08 May 2009 0143 hrs
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SINGAPORE: Mas Selamat Kastari, Singapore's Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader who escaped from Whitley Road Detention Centre last year, has reportedly been arrested in Malaysia.
Mas Selamat gave his guards the slip while he was being taken to the toilet at the detention centre on 27 February 2008.
His escape prompted a massive islandwide manhunt, including the offer of a million dollar reward by two businessmen for his capture.
Mas Selamat's escape also resulted in the dismissal of the detention centre's superintendent over security lapses. The superintendent's deputy was demoted.
The two were the most senior officers in charge of the ground management of the detention centre, and were among six Internal Security Department (ISD) officers charged over the escape.
Mas Selamat fled Singapore in December 2001 following an Internal Security Department operation against the terrorist organisation.
The militant leader had been on the run after Singapore authorities discovered plans to crash seven trucks filled with bombs at various locations around the island.
Investigations also revealed that he was the mastermind behind a plan to hijack an airplane and crash it into Changi airport.
Mas Selamat was arrested by the Indonesian police on Bintan island in January 2006. He was detained for using a fake identity card.
When he was arrested, officers found literature on bomb-making on him. Based on investigations then, Indonesia's elite anti-terror police then discovered he was the leader of the Singapore Jemaah Islamiyah network.
They then deported him to Singapore, where he was detained at Whitley Road Detention Centre under the Internal Security Act.
The 46-year-old father of four was said to be involved in JI's plans to mount attacks against foreign and local establishments in Singapore.
These included the US Embassy and American Club, the Defence Ministry headquarters at Bukit Gombak and the Education Ministry building at North Buona Vista Drive. - CNA/de