Nine foreigners with alleged terror links will be sent home, says Hisham
Thu, Feb 18, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

PUTRAJAYA- Arrangements are being made to extradite the nine foreigners who were detained recently under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for alleged links with international terrorist organisations.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the nine are high on their home countries' wanted list and the respective governments were reported to be already making arrangements for them to be extradited.

"I hope that they will be extradited as soon as possible because I want to reduce the number of people being detained under the ISA.

"I have worked so hard at reducing the number (of detainees) but in one night, I filled up (the detention centre) again," he told reporters after chairing his ministry's post-Cabinet meeting here yesterday.

Hishammuddin said the arrests of the nine was proof of the Malaysian authorities' capabilities and their good working relations with other governments, international intelligence agencies and anti-terrorist bodies.

Last month, 10 people - nine of them foreigners - were held under the ISA.

The minister, however, declined to provide details on where and when the suspected terrorists were arrested and which terrorist networks they were linked to.

On the protest held outside the Australian High Commission against interference by Australian MPs in the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Hishammuddin said Malaysians had the right to be angry with those who questioned the Government's integrity.

"The Australian MPs have the gall and audacity to think that the Malaysian Government can direct the courts.

"I personally believe and support the stand taken by the protesters," he said, adding there were no untoward incidents reported following the protest.

On an unrelated matter, the minister said there were no plans to absorb the marine police into the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin had recently said that all maritime units in various departments and agencies should be absorbed into the agency.

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