Indon top cop wants acts of terror made an extraditable offence


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2003

BY LOURDES CHARLES

JAKARTA: Indonesia has proposed that Asean countries work on a national legislation to makes acts of terrorism an extraditable offence. 

Its national police chief Gen Dai Bachtiar said in the absence of a legal or formal way (of extradition), member countries should apply provisional arrangements or the reciprocity principal in handing over terror suspects. 

“Delegates attending the Asean workshop in combating terrorism have agreed to submit the Indonesian proposal to the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime in Hanoi for consideration in June. 

“We have also agreed to submit for consideration that in the event of a terrorist attack, the affected country can request the assistance of member countries. 

“It should not be limited to identifying, pursuing and apprehending suspects, examining witnesses, searching and seizing evidence,” he said after closing the three-day workshop yesterday. 

Gen Dai said Asean countries should form a special task force with each member co-operating in the spirit of Asean. 

On another matter, Gen Dai said at least three Malaysian terror suspects and a Singaporean would be called as witnesses to testify against Jemaah Islamiyah Amir (leader) Abubakar Ba'asyir via teleconferencing. 

The main witnesses are Malaysian Wan Min Wan Mat and Singaporean Faiz Abu Bakar Baffana. 

A local private television station here is said to be assisting the police with the teleconferencing facilities if the courts gave the go ahead. 

“We are working out details and hope to get a favourable answer soon from all the parties involved. 

“There are several charges that we expect to charge Abubakar with and will wait for the authorities to get back to us,” he said. 

Home Ministry undersecretary for internal security and public order Datuk Hamzah Rus, who is leading the Malaysian delegation to the workshop, said the Indonesian police had been allowed to interview Wan Min following an official request. 

Police director of investigations in the Abubakar case, Arianto Sutadi, said there was evidence to charge him. 

“We have suggested to charge him with treason, attempting to overthrow the government by use of force and explosives and also with forgery as he had used a fake passport and under a different name to re-enter the country,” he said.  

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