Embassy yet uninformed on Indonesians’ arrest in Malaysia

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur had yet to obtain consular notification from the Malaysian government over the arrests of 12 Indonesians for their supposed involvement in terror acts.

"The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur will seek consular access to meet the detained Indonesians and offer legal advisory to guarantee their rights in accordance with the country's law," Director of Indonesian Citizens' Protection of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Judha Nugraha noted in a brief message here on Friday.

The Malaysian Police took 16 suspected terrorists into detention during operations conducted in Sabah, Selangor, Sarawak, Pulau Pinang, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, and Johor from July 10 to September 25.

Some 12 of the suspected terrorists are Indonesians, three are Malaysians, and one is an Indian.

The first suspect was an Indonesian, a palm oil plantation worker, taken into police arrest on July 10 in Keningau, Sabah State.

The Malaysian Police's Director of Counter Terrorism Datuk Ayob Khan Bin Mydin Pitchay remarked that the suspect had, in 2018, taken an oath of allegiance (baiat) to ISIS leader Abu Bakar Ak-Baghdadi through Telegram application.

The suspect allegedly facilitated a couple and their three children to commit a suicide attack in a church in Jolo, southern Philippines.

He also allegedly dispatched funding to the Maute terrorist group in southern Philippines and planned to join the fight in Syria.

On Aug 2, the police had arrested a 38-year-old Indian female, who worked as a domestic worker in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Since 2017, she had become a member of Sikh for Justice, an organization banned in India.

On September 6, two Malaysian men were picked up in Keningau and Tenom, Sabah, respectively, allegedly handling the transit for the Indonesian family of five responsible for the church attack in Jolo.

Other suspects comprising a Malaysian and 11 Indonesians were arrested in Miri of Sarawak, Pulau Pinang, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Johor for their alleged involvement in resorting to social media to promote terrorism.

Source: ANTARA News

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