Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian authorities on Tuesday said they had deported an Indonesian who sneaked into the country after being expelled for allegedly harbouring one of the region’s most wanted terror suspects.
Agus Salim was deported on Thursday, a senior official with the police special anti-terrorism task force told AFP but would not comment on the delay in announcing the move.
“He was deported to the city of Medan in Indonesia on Thursday and was then handed over to Indonesian authorities who will now deal with the case,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
“We have not charged him but have completed our investigations in this case and we leave it to the Indonesian government to carry out whatever measure they deem fit for their national,” he added.
Salim was detained in Malaysia in June at the restaurant where he worked in the southern city of Johor Baru for entering the country under a false name.
He had been arrested in 2009 under Malaysia’s Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite detention without trial, suspected of helping hide Mas Selamat bin Kastari, the alleged head of the Singapore cell of regional terror outfit Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), which has links to Al-Qaeda.
Mas Selamat escaped from a Singaporean high-security prison in 2008 and got into Malaysia, where he was recaptured in 2009.
Salim was deported to Indonesia in 2009, months after his arrest, but police discovered he had re-entered Malaysia under a new name, an immigration offence, several months ago, according to police.
The New Straits Times has reported that the 34-year-old was believed to be a JI “sleeper agent” who followed instructions to supply logistics and other help to JI members in Malaysia.
The terror group is blamed for a string of attacks in the region, including the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, mostly foreign tourists.