SINGAPORE: A 27-year-old Bangladeshi man previously arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) was charged with terrorist financing in court on Thursday (December 23), the Interior Ministry (MHA) said in a press release with.

Ahmed Faysal was arrested in November last year as part of the ISA for investigations into terrorist activities and given a detention order.

Before his arrest, Faysal had been working as a construction worker in Singapore since the beginning of 2017.

He radicalized himself in 2018 and was “attracted by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate in Syria,” said the ministry.

In mid-2019, Faysal switched to Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) , another militant group fighting for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in Syria.

A parallel investigation by the Department of Commercial Affairs found that Faysal reportedly fought up to 89 times 15 times in 2020 1 had transferred SGD to fundraising campaigns for Syrian organizations via online platforms.

According to court records, Faysal transferred the money via online platforms such as JustGiving, Heroic Hearts Organization and Give Brite. He donated between S $ 5 and 400 for the fundraising campaigns Ramadan 2020 Emergency Homes for Syria and Medical Aid Syria.

“He was aware that this money could be used in whole or in part for the cause of the HTS in Syria”, MHA said in its press release.

“Providing money that is reasonably believed to benefit terrorist organizations, regardless of the amount or purpose, is a serious criminal offense.”

If convicted and sentenced to imprisonment, Ahmed Faysal’s arrest warrant will be overturned and he will serve the sentence imposed by the court.

In order to prevent his radical ideas from spreading to other inmates, he will be served while he is in prison noted separately, the ministry added.

The MHA reminded the public not to “transfer any money, provide any support through the provision of services, supplies, or the like who deliver any material to a terrorist organization or to facilitate or conduct terrorist acts “.

Anyone convicted of providing property and services for terrorist purposes faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a maximum sentence of S $ 500,000 or both.

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