Mas Selamat Kastari

Mas Selamat Kastari

Singapore’s most wanted man, Mas Selamat Kastari has been caught in Johor Bahru!

I just read this in the headline of the Straits Times today. Apparently, he was caught on 1 April 20009 (really, it’s not an April’s Fool Day joke), but details have only just been leaked by the Malaysian authorities.

After thirteen months on the run, the guy who has his face plastered in every notch and corner of Singapore in the biggest manhunt ever is finally captured. The ironic is he had been hiding just a stone’s throw away in nearby Johor all this while!

There’s no details yet as to how he managed to slip across the Singapore-Malaysian customs, amidst the heightened security check after his escape.  That would be something a lot of us would want to find out.

Here’s the report via Straits Times.com:

Mas Selamat captured
May 8, 2009
Fugitive who escaped from Whitley detention centre last year is tracked down and captured in Johor after tip-off from Singapore; he is being held for interrogation by Malaysia
By Leslie Lopez, Senior Regional Correspondent

Sources told The Straits Times that Mas Selamat was tracked down based on intelligence provided by Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD), and a joint operation by Malaysia and Singapore’s security agencies eventually led to his arrest.

KUALA LUMPUR: Thirteen months after his audacious escape from detention in Singapore, Mas Selamat Kastari has been caught in Malaysia.

Singapore’s most wanted terrorist was captured on April 1 while hiding in Johor, regional intelligence sources told The Straits Times.

Intelligence provided by Singapore’s Internal Security Department late last year led to a joint operation between Malaysia and Singapore’s security agencies that eventually saw them arresting Mas Selamat in Johor in April.

It was not the first time that information from Singapore helped to nab the escape artist.
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It is believed that he was nabbed in the outskirts of Johor Baru and is now being held by the Malaysian authorities for interrogation.

It is not known how he slipped out of Singapore or when he entered Malaysia.

Intelligence provided by Singapore’s Internal Security Department late last year led to a joint operation between Malaysia and Singapore’s security agencies that eventually saw them arresting Mas Selamat in Johor in April.

It was not the first time that information from Singapore helped to nab the escape artist.

In February 2003, tip-offs by the Singapore authorities had led Indonesian police to monitor Mas Selamat’s movements after he arrived in Indonesia. They tracked him to Tanjung Pinang in Bintan, arresting him just after he arrived by ferry from Dumai in Riau.

After Mas Selamat was released in August 2005, the Singapore police made another request to their Indonesian counterparts to track him again.

In January 2006, they found him at a neighbourhood mosque in Sengkaling, East Java. He was handed over to Singapore the following month.

Although he was arrested six weeks ago, the Malaysian authorities have not yet announced the capture.

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