Malaysian ex-commando linked to IS was mentally unstable

KUALA LUMPUR - The Islamic State-linked former commando, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia, was found to be mentally unstable before being discharged from the Armed Forces.

Sources revealed that the 29-year-old, who hails from Perak, had been showing signs of mental instability before his eventual discharge about 18 months ago.

"He served with the army for 10 years but showed signs of being mentally unstable towards the end of his tenure.

"The authorities are still investigating whether his mental condition was the reason behind his discharge," the source told The Star yesterday.

Prior to his trip to the Middle East, the man had even divorced his wife, as if preparing to leave Malaysia behind for a life of militancy in Saudi Arabia. The couple had no children.