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April 29, 2017

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Singapore family jailed for helping terror suspect

SINGAPORE -- A Singaporean minister says three relatives of terror suspect Mas Selamat Kastari have been jailed for helping him remain at large after a 2008 prison escape.

Singaporean Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam says that Mas Selamat went to his niece's home two days after escaping from a Singapore prison where he was being held without trial. Police accused him of plotting to hijack an airplane and crash it into Singapore's international airport.

Mas Selamat later fled to Malaysia, where he was captured in April 2009 and handed back to Singaporean authorities in September 2010.

Shanmugam said in a statement Monday that Mas Selamat's brother, sister-in-law and niece were arrested Nov. 10 and sentenced last week to between three to 18 months in prison.

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