Singapore Says Deported Close to 70 Suspected Radicals in Past 2 Years
Most of the foreigners deported were radicalized through “exposure to radical propaganda on social media,” and some used it to radicalize others, the ministry said in a statement. It did not specify their nationalities.
“None of them had any plans to carry out acts of violence in Singapore at the time they were investigated, but as they were in various stages of radicalism, their presence posed a security concern for Singapore,” the statement said.
“Consequently, they were deported after the authorities in their home countries were informed of their cases.”
Five of those deported were maids working in Singapore.
Dian Yulia Novi, who was arrested in an anti-terror raid this month for plotting to attack the presidential palace in Jakarta, worked in Singapore as a maid in 2008-09, but at the time did not show signs of being radicalized, the ministry said.
“Our security agencies are in contact with their [Indonesian] counterparts regarding her case,” it said.
Earlier this month, Law and Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam said the threat of an extremist attack was higher than earlier this year as hardline Islamists were increasingly pushing their agenda in neighboring Indonesia.