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Former civil servant sells possessions to join IS

Friday, 27 January 2017 | Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie

JAKARTA. A former Indonesian civil servant who was recently deported from Turkey sold all of his family’s possessions to finance their joining the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul said on Friday that the former Finance Ministry civil servant, identified as Triyono Utomo Abdul Sakti, 40, was lured to join the extremist group because he and his family wanted to live in a sharia-based state.

The family planned to go to Syria via Turkey. “They kept moving from one place to another in Turkey before being arrested together with 20 other people on Jan. 16,” Martinus said. Turkish authorities deported Triyono, his wife and their three children, aged 13, 8 and 6. They arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on Tuesday evening and were immediately taken into custody by the Bali Police.  

The Densus 88 counterterrorism squad will further investigate the family upon their arrival in Jakarta, kompas.com reported.

The five North Jakarta residents reportedly departed from Indonesia in mid-August for Thailand, where they contacted a person by the name of Abu Yazid before continuing their journey to Turkey.

Triyono quit his civil servant job in February 2016.

Source : The Jakarta Post

Reporter: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie
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