One of the suspected members of terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who was arrested by local authorities last month is still in the country, a Department of Justice official said yesterday.
Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes said Syrian national Rahaf Zina is still in the country as the Bureau of Immigration is still arranging her flight back home with the assistance of the Syrian Embassy.
BI spokesperson Ma. Antonette Bucasas-Mangrobang said Zina is still in the country due to “airline ticket problem” but refused to elaborate.
“She has yet to be deported due to airline ticket problem (and) it is not the bureau who procures the ticket,” Mangrobang said.
The BI ordered the deportation of Zina last April 11 saying her “presence in the country poses risk to public interest.”
The order also directed the inclusion of Zina’s name in the BI’s blacklist with the remarks of being “undesirable and or undocumented.”
Zina failed to present a valid passport or travel document for her stay in the country when she was nabbed by Immigration authorities along with Kuwaiti national Husayn Al-Dhafiri, who authorities said was also an active ISIS member, last March 25 in Taguig City.
Al-Dhafiri was already deported to Kuwait last April 14.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier said based on information provided by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Al-Dhafiri, with aliases “Warsh Al-Kuwaiti” and “Abu Muslim Al Kuwaiti,”has links to terrorism.
Aguirre said the information they received also showed that Zina is a widow of slain ISIS commander Abu Jandal Al-Kuwaiti.