PUTRAJAYA: The Government released five alleged Jemaah Islamiah militants detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) after they “responded positively to rehabilitation” efforts, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
With this, there are only nine ISA detainees remaining, of which five are Malaysia, he said on Tuesday.
The rest are from Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Singapore.
Two of the men released on Tuesday -- Mat Shah Mohd Satray and Abdullah Daud -- were detained in 2002. The other three, Mohd Nasir Ismail, Mohd Kamil Hanafiah and Mohd Amir Hanafiah, have been in detention since 2007.
Earlier this year, the Government released 13 ISA detainees including five leaders of the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force movement.