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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 29 February 2008

Escape of JI detainee Mas Selamat from detention


Ministry of Home Affairs News Release on Mas Selamat bin Kastari

Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) detainee Mas Selamat bin Kastari escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre at 4:05 pm on 27 Feb 2008.
The public is advised to immediately contact the Police at 999 if they know of his whereabouts.
Mas Selamat was the leader of the Singapore JI network. He walks with a limp and is presently at large. He is not known to be armed. Extensive police resources have been deployed to track him down.

Source: Press Release 27 Feb 2008

Subsequent News
Escape Of JI Detainee Mas Selamat From Detention - Comments by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng in Parliament, 28 February 2008
There has been a security lapse at the Whitley Road Detention Centre, which allowed Mas Selamat to escape. He was taken out of his cell to go to the family visitation room to wait for his family. He requested to go to the toilet and escaped. This should never have happened. I am sorry that it has.
An independent investigation is underway. We should not speculate now. Security at the centre has been stepped up.
Mas Selamat is a security threat which is why he was placed under preventive detention. However, there is no information that he has any plans that threaten public safety. Nevertheless, we are not taking any chances.
Our security agencies assessed that he was of no imminent danger to the public. The focus then was to lockdown the immediate vicinity of the detention centre and start a systematic search. The priority is to find and arrest Mas Selamat. No efforts will be spared to track him down. Security at our land, sea and air checkpoints have been tightened, including areas where there may be a possibility that he may leave from places which are not the normal checkpoints.
In the meantime, I urge the public to stay calm and to report any suspicious sightings to the Police immediately. Anyone who renders assistance to him is committing a grave offence.

28 February 2008

Source: Press Release 28 Feb 2008

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