KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Authorities arrested a Malaysian accused of recruiting university students for the regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah, human rights activists and a news report said Sunday.
Mohamad Fadzullah Abbul Razak was taken into custody at his home in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday under the Internal Security Act, which provides for indefinite detention without trial, said Nalini Elumalai, a rights activist who monitors arrests under the act.
The Star newspaper, citing unidentified security officials, described the 28-year-old engineer as one of Malaysia's most wanted terror suspects. He had recently returned from a trip to Thailand, but the reason and length of his visit were not known, Nalini said.
Police had been hunting for Mohamad Fadzullah since 2007 because he allegedly persuaded students at various Malaysian universities to join Jemaah Islamiyah, which has been blamed for attacks in Southeast Asia including the 2002 bombings on Indonesia's Bali island, The Star added.