Indonesia Arrests Lawyer of Banned Extremist Group for Terrorism Plot

04/29/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – On April 27, the Indonesian Police have arrested Munarman, former general secretary of the now-banned extremist group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), naming him a terrorist suspect.

The man, who is also the lawyer of FPI’s firebrand cleric, was nabbed by the National Police’s Special Detachment (Densus) 88 Anti-terror Team from his residence in Pamulang, South Tangerang on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the police, the Densus 88 Anti-terror team searched Munarman’s house and confiscated several bottles containing acetone-type nitrate. Several plastic bottles containing Triaceton Triperoxide (TATP) liquid were also found.

The Police Headquarters’ PR Department chief, Inspector General Argo Yuwono, said that Munarwan was arrested under suspicions of mobilizing people and having malicious consensus to commit crimes of terrorism, as well as withholding information.

The police suspected that he was involved in three events of bai’at (pledge of allegiance) among terrorists at UIN Jakarta (Jakarta State Islamic University), in Makassar, and in Medan.

Munarwan’s arrest came after Densus 88 has captured more than 30 terrorist suspects in connection to the Makassar Cathedral suicide bombing attack which took place on Palm Sunday. His organization, FPI, was officially dissolved by the government through a Joint Decree (SKB) of 6 ministers/ heads of state at the end of December 2020 over charges of terrorism.
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