International desk – A Singapore court has jailed four Bangladeshi nationals over terror financing, according to media reports published on Tuesday.
The four is among eight men arrested in April this year by the Singapore police following allegations that these group of Bangladeshi migrant workers were trying to gang up either to join Islamic State militants in Syria or to go back to their home to overthrow the government.
The court sentenced them to jail between 24 and 60 months. They were arrested under the Internal Security Act, The Straits Times reported.
Rahman Mizanur, 31, who was identified as the leader of the group, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, according to the report. Miah Rubel, 26, and Md Jabath Kysar Haje Norul Islam Sowdagar, 31, were both sentenced to 30 months.
The 29-year old Sohel Hawlader Ismail Hawlader was given 24 months of prison term.
Six of the eight men became the first to be charged under Singaporean laws criminalizing the financing of terrorism, the report said.
Two others, Zzaman Daulat, 34 and Mamun Leakot Ali, 29, have denied the charges and are awaiting trial.
The Singapore authorities earlier repatriated a number of Bangladeshi nationals, who went there to work as construction workers, after the authorities found they were radicalised.