Fugitive who escaped from Whitley detention centre last year is tracked down and captured in Johor after tip-off from Singapore; he is being held for interrogation by Malaysia
By Leslie Lopez
KUALA LUMPUR: Thirteen months after his audacious escape from detention in Singapore, Mas Selamat Kastari has been caught in Malaysia.
Singapore's most wanted terrorist was captured on April 1 while hiding in Johor, regional intelligence sources told The Straits Times.
It is believed that he was nabbed in the outskirts of Johor Baru and is now being held by the Malaysian authorities for interrogation.
It is not known how he slipped out of Singapore or when he entered Malaysia.
Although he was arrested six weeks ago, the Malaysian authorities have not yet announced the capture.
A senior Malaysian government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the arrest and said that Mas Selamat was being held under the country's Internal Security Act.
He declined to say when the terrorist would be handed over to the Singapore authorities.
It is believed that the fugitive had stayed in Johor all this time and had not travelled further north. He is also believed to be detained in Johor.
Sources told The Straits Times that the 48-year-old was tracked down based on intelligence provided by Singapore's Internal Security Department (ISD), and a joint operation by Malaysia and Singapore's security agencies eventually led to his arrest.
The capture of Mas Selamat brings to an end one of the largest manhunts ever undertaken by Singapore and its neighbours for a terrorist on the run.
many reasons.. during his time outside, he might have contacted some other 'members' and now that he's caught, they are fearing retaliation. so they might have seen to seal the loose ends.
it took 4 hours for SPF to notify the public that Mas Selamat was missing. they probably notified their own forces way earlier and had to thoroughly sweep the area around detention center before notifying the public. it wouldn't do to announce to the whole country that mas selamat was missing 20 minutes after they lost him, only to find out that he was hiding within the compounds.