A self-proclaimed British Islamic “freedom fighter” is being investigated by Malaysian Special Branch officers who suspect him of a leaving trail of bigamous marriages across Europe and Asia.
According to the Daily Mail, police have named the man who may have married as many as 12 women as Robert Andrew Scott. They say he also uses the Muslim name Jamaluddin Mustafa and is usually seen in Islamic robes.
Scott claimed to have fought with militant groups in Bosnia, according to the Malaysian newspaper the Star: “Using the Muslim name Jamaluddin Mustafa, the 43-year-old married women of several nationalities, including those from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, France, Morocco, Germany and Britain. He recently divorced two of his Malaysian wives.”
The paper reported that Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, an official of the Operations/Counter Terrorism division of the Special Branch, said most of the women targeted by Scott were professionals such as bank officers and university lecturers, and Scott took their money after marrying them.
He said reports suggested that Scott was once involved in a tariqat (missionary) movement in London and joined a mujahiddin (freedom fighters) group in Bosnia.
He said that Scott, who is believed to be on the Malaysian island of Penang, had not been involved in militant activities in Malaysia: “We are monitoring his marriages and what his real motives are.”