Cops freeze bank account raising funds for Islamic State

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have frozen a local bank account that was believed to have been used for raising funds in the country to finance the activities of the Islamic State (Isis) militant group in Syria.

Without divulging the amount in the account, Bukit Aman Special Branch director Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the account in question was frozen under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.

“The account identified is a local bank account which was used for funds collected to be channelled to the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist group in Syria,” he told Bernama here, today.

He said this when asked to comment on the arrest of one of the members of the Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi family, namely, a member of the Malaysia Isis militant group in Syria, who was earnestly collecting funds and using his bank account to channel the money to the group.

Asked if the police would detain all the family members of Muhammad Wanndy who were in this country, Fuzi said police wanted his family members to help by channelling information to them.

“It is pointless to arrest his family if they are not involved, it must be based on evidence and they should not keep quiet if they know something.

“It (terrorism) is detrimental to the nation, so all quarters must work together to eradicate terrorism activities,” he said.

Yesterday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim was reported to have said that 14 individuals, including a member of the Muhammad Wanndy family, were detained as they were believed to have links to Isis militants.

– BERNAMA