First Maldivian on USA's OFAC terrorist list Mohamed Ameen allowed house arrest
Male: Mohamed Ameen, the first Maldivian on the list of terrorists publicised by America'sTreasuries Office of Foreign Affairs Control Department of the (OFAC), has been allowed by authorities for house arrest transfer, media reports said.
According to the Criminal Court, Ameen was transferred due to the lack of adequate medical treatment as well as not receiving the opportunity to exercise outside his jail cell, reports The Edition.
His transfer was finalised by setting the condition that Ameen refrained from committing another terrorist offence or leaving the house.
Ameen was arrested in October 2019 over allegations of spreading extremist ideologies in Maldives on a large scale, in addition to recruiting and directing terrorist fighters abroad, reports The Edition.
According to Department of the Treasuries Office of Foreign Affairs Control website, Ameen is an ISIS-K recruiter who encouraged people to join ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K). Ameen told a Maldivian citizen and digital media member of ISIS-K to go to Afghanistan because the ISIS-K media group needed him.
The ISIS-K digital media member was told he would receive $700 monthly in salary and was responsible for translating material for Ameen.
Additionally, as of April 2019, Maldives-based Ameen was actively engaged in leading ISIS recruitment through his close lieutenants.
Ameen’s subordinates were holding roughly 10 recruitment sessions per week under the guise of Islamic classes at several Malé, Maldives-based locations, including Ameen’s home. Ameen and his group continued to recruit on behalf of ISIS from various Maldivian criminal gangs.
Additionally, Ameen is a recruiter and key leader for ISIS in Syria, Afghanistan, and the Maldives. Ameen used to direct terrorist fighters to Syria, but now sends them to Afghanistan, read the Department of the Treasuries Office of Foreign Affairs Control website.