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Monday, March 21, 2016

Sulu plot to form sultanate in Sabah

The six Sulu terrorist suspects detained by police recently have revealed a plot by the Sulus to form a ‘sultanate’ in Sabah, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat today, Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, said the Sulu terrorists were attempting to form a sultanate by deploying dozens of its “generals” to Sabah’s 60 state assemblies.

Six suspected Sulu terrorists, including a woman, were detained by the Bukit Aman Special Branch and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) during a special operation in Kunak, Sabah in April 2014.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had said police also seized membership cards, appointment letters and documents linked to the so-called Sulu sultanate.

The suspects were detained for their alleged involvement with Sulu terrorists and the Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013.

Police had also seized several weapons from their hideout, he said in a statement on Wednesday.

The six individuals were detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

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