Kuwait to PH: Deport arrested IS member
The Kuwaiti government has asked the Philippine government for assistance to speed up the deportation of Hussein Al-Dhafiri, one of two arrested alleged members of the Islamic State (IS).
Al-Dhafiri, together with Syrian female Rahaf Zina, was arrested last March 25 by agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in Taguig.
Al-Dhafiri is allegedly involved in explosives manufacturing and possibly on operational planning against Kuwait, while Rahaf is the widow of the slain Abu Jandal Al-Kuwaiti, who is the number two military commander of the IS operating in Syria.
In a one-page letter received by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Embassy explained that the IS member will “stand trial in the State of Kuwait for his involvement in” the terrorist group.
The Embassy said Al-Dhafiri has a standing arrest warrant issued by their prosecutor general “in relation to crimes against the state security.”
“Evidence obtained by Kuwait’s security agencies also showed that he is planning to carry out terroristic attacks in the State of Kuwait,” it revealed.
The Kuwaiti Embassy said that they have already canceled the passport of Al-Dhafiri, adding that all documents for his deportation have been prepared.
The two alleged IS members have been transferred to the military.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the two would still undergo further investigation by intelligence agencies to determine if they were able to establish links with other groups in the country or recruit members for IS. /Inquirer.net
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