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IGP: We'll look into claims Filipino doctor financed Movida bombing

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman will investigate claims that a Filipino doctor might have been involved in financing the bombing at the Movida nightclub last year, said Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said Bukit Aman will liaise with its counterpart in the United States to get a clearer picture on the claims.
According to a report based on court filings, the FBI concluded that Dr Russel Salic had provided the funding for the Movida pub bombing, the first IS-linked attack in Malaysia, where eight people were injured.
Salic was arrested in the Philippines in April 2017 and the United States had requested his extradition, the US Department of Justice said.
He said a thorough check on the supposed connection between the doctor and the Movida bombers was needed.
“It is hard for us to interview him directly as he is held by a foreign law enforcement agency,” he said.
Philippine media reported that Salic had wired money to Malaysia, Australia, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Bosnia between February 2015 and June 2016.
It reported that Salic had sent money to a person by the name of Jasanizam Rosni in Johor on June 24, 2016, just days before the attack at the Movida pub in Puchong.
In April, Jasanizam, 34, admitted to being involved in preparations to attack a temple and nightclubs in Johor Baru last year between June 27 and July 2, 2016. He was sentenced to three years’ jail.
Salic and two others have been charged with involvement in the plan to carry out the attacks in the name of the Islamic State group during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2016.
Salic, a 37-year-old Filipino doctor, transferred US$423 (RM1,786) in May 2016 to the other suspects for the operation, according to US court documents released on Friday.
Multiple locations including New York’s subway, Times Square and some concert venues were identified as targets in the plot that was foiled by an undercover FBI agent, US authorities announced Friday.
An agent posed as an IS supporter and communicated with Salic and his two alleged accomplices – Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian who purchased bombmaking materials, and Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old American citizen living in Pakistan.
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