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Densus 88 arrest Ba'asyir'€™s nephew

  • Yuliasri Perdani

Posted: Wed, May 15 2013 | 02:47 pm

The National Police'€™s Densus 88 counterterrorism unit is reported to have arrested Nu'€™aim Ba'asyir, a nephew of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba'€™asyir, in Surakarta, Central Java, on Tuesday evening.

A source at the National Police said in Jakarta on Wednesday that Nu'€™aim was accused of harboring bomb-maker Slamet Pilih Utomo, who was apprehended by the counterterrorism squad earlier on Tuesday.

National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto, however, declined to confirm the report.

'€œSo far, we have not received any information regarding that,'€ he said on Wednesday.

Sonhadi, a spokesman for Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid ( JAT ), an Islamic organization led by Ba'€™asyir, confirmed that Nu'€™aim was arrested at his residence.

'€œHe was with his nine-year-old daughter when suddenly the Densus 88 squad raided the house. His daughter saw a squad member wielding a firearm. This has traumatized her,'€ Sonhadi told The Jakarta Post.

Sonhadi confirmed that Nu'€™aim was a former JAT member.

'€œHe joined JAT back in 2008. About two years ago, he resigned because he wanted to focus on his business,'€ he said, shrugging off a rumor that Nu'€™aim left JAT due to ideological differences.

According to Sonhadi, Nu'€™aim had been a tutor for undergraduate students completing their theses.

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