Saga of accused terrorist’s escape to be revealed Monday

April 19th, 2008 - 1:21 pm ICT by admin  

Singapore, April 19 (DPA) The mystery over how an accused terrorist with a limp managed to escape from a tightly-secured detention centre in Singapore will be revealed Monday, seven weeks after Mas Selamat sparked the biggest manhunt in the country’s history. Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng is scheduled to deliver a statement in parliament disclosing the findings of an inquiry committee amid public criticism and ridicule on the Internet about how the suspected leader of the city-state’s wing of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant group managed to get away.

The committee, chaired by former High Court judge Goh Joon Seng, was formed last month to investigate.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is also scheduled to make a statement on “government responsibility” at the parliamentary session.

Mas Selamat, accused of plotting to hijack a plane and crash it into Changi Airport, was sent to Singapore in 2006 following his arrest by Indonesian police.

The 47-year-old was held in the Whitley Road Detention Centre under the Internal Security Act that permits indefinite incarceration without trial.

It has so far been made public that he was being led to a room for a visit with family members when he asked to go to the bathroom and apparently left through a window.

Questions filed by lawmakers were published Saturday in The Straits Times. Chiam See Tong, one of only two opposition members in parliament, has asked how a top terrorist leader whom Singapore and Indonesia had taken great pains to apprehend could escape.

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