A 29-year-old Singaporean man, who works at a logistics company was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
In a press release, Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the man named Radjev Lal s/o Madan Lal (Radjev), a 29-year-old mover at a logistics company, was detained in April 2022 under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Radjev was self-radicalised and had made preparations to travel to overseas conflict zones to undertake armed violence, the press release said.
Radjev did not have any specific attack plans against Singapore, but he admitted that he was willing to conduct an attack in Singapore or against Singapore’s interests overseas if instructed to do so by either Imran or the BFA
– Ministry Of Home Affairs
DEEPLY RADICALISED BY IMRAN
Radjev started down the path of radicalisation in 2013 after he was introduced to the online sermons of foreign radical preacher Imran Hosein (Imran).
Imran originated from Trinidad and Tobago. He has tied his teachings on the imminent coming of the End of Times to a call for violent action for all Muslims. In 2007, he was banned from entering Singapore due to his radical preachings.
Imran’s preaching on Islamic eschatological prophecies such as the imminent End of Times and the rise of the Black Flag Army (BFA) resonated with Radjev, who had a keen interest in conspiracy theories.
The BFA is prophesised to be a Muslim army carrying black flags led by Mahdi, the saviour of Muslims, which will emerge from Khorasan (historical region covering parts of modern day Afghanistan and north-east Iran) to engage in a final battle with the non-believers during the End of Times. Terror groups, including the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, have appropriated the imagery of the black flags to garner support for their struggle for power.
Over time, Radjev became deeply radicalised by the online teachings of Imran and other foreign radical preachers such as Anwar Al-Awlaki and Musa Cerantonio.
Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American of Yemeni descent, was a leader and ideologue of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He was killed in a US drone strike in September 2011. Despite his death, his lectures continue to be accessible online and have radicalised individuals around the world.
Musa Cerantonio, an Australian, has incited and recruited Muslims to travel to Syria to undertake armed violence.
SEVEN YEARS IMPRISONMENT
In May 2019, he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in Australia for terrorism-related offences.
He became convinced that it was his religious obligation to partake in armed violence with the BFA to kill the “enemies” of Islam.
In his view, these “enemies” included non-Muslims who meddled in Islamic affairs, as well as Western countries like the US and Israel.
He believed that dying as a martyr on the battlefield alongside the BFA would earn him rewards in the afterlife.
TRIED TO INFLUENCE HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS
Radjev tried to influence his family and friends with his radical views and attempted to recruit them to join him in his plans to undertake armed violence. He also created a social media group to propagate his radical ideology to his online contacts.
None of his family members or friends in Singapore responded positively to his overtures.
PLANNED TO UNDERTAKE ARMED VIOLENCE
Radjev also made preparations to undertake armed violence, believing at different points in time that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al-Qaeda, and the Taliban, were possible manifestations of the BFA.
In 2014, he conducted research and planned his travel route to Syria, with the intention of joining ISIS. However, he abandoned this plan after watching a video by Imran, who disputed that ISIS was the BFA.
Nonetheless, Radjev continued to make preparations for armed violence, including practising knifing techniques, said the ministry in press release.
At the time of his arrest, Radjev believed that the Taliban might represent the BFA and was considering travelling to Afghanistan to join the Taliban.
Radjev did not have any specific attack plans against Singapore, but he admitted that he was willing to conduct an attack in Singapore or against Singapore’s interests overseas if instructed to do so by either Imran or the BFA.
REMINDER FROM ISD :
ISD will take firm action against any individual in Singapore who supports, promotes, undertakes or makes preparations to undertake armed violence, regardless of how they rationalise such violence, or where the violence takes place.
Radjev’s case underscores that Singaporeans are not immune to extremist rhetoric propagated by religious preachers or ideologues, including on online platforms.
It is therefore critical to seek advice and guidance from credible local religious authorities and sources, MHA said in release.
Two self-radicalised Singaporeans were released from detention under the ISA in January and February 2022 : MHA
According to the ministry they had shown good progress in their rehabilitation and were assessed to no longer pose a security threat requiring preventive detention.
- Man named Hazim Syahmi bin Mahfoot (aged 31), who was detained under the ISA in January 2019. He was an associate of Singaporean Mohamed Kazali bin Salleh (Kazali), and was influenced by the latter’s radical outlook to the extent that he believed he should undertake armed violence against the perceived enemies of his religion. He was released on a Suspension Direction (SD) in January 2022.
- Ruqayyah binti Ramli (aged 35), who was detained under the ISA in April 2021. She was radicalised by her husband, Malaysian Mohd Firdaus bin Kamal Intdzam (Firdaus), and supported his intention to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. She was initially issued with a Restriction Order (RO) in August 2020, but was subsequently detained in April 2021 after an escalation in her radical behaviour. She was released on a SD in February 2022.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF RADICALIZATION ?
a) frequently surfing radical websites;
b) posting/sharing extremist views on social media platforms, such as expressing support/admiration for terrorists/terrorist groups as well as the use of violence;
c) sharing their extremist views with friends and relatives;
d) making remarks that promote ill-will or hatred towards people of other races or religions;
e) expressing intent to participate in acts of violence overseas or in Singapore; and/or
f) inciting others to participate in acts of violence.
Anyone who knows or suspects that a person has been radicalised should promptly contact the ISD Counter-Terrorism Centre hotline 1800-2626-473 (1800-2626-ISD).
Source : Ministry Of Home Affairs
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