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Deportees or returnees? Essential difference for deradicalization

  • Chaula Rininta Anindya

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PREMIUM
Singapore   /   Sat, September 14, 2019   /  03:49 pm
Deportees or returnees? Essential difference for deradicalization A screen capture of Mariam Abdullah, an Indonesian in Islamic State camp in Syria, in a video by Tirto.id. (JP/-)

On Aug. 2, Ulta Levenia and Alban Scianca published a commentary in this newspaper titled “Returnees now clear and present danger.” The article is based on their field work in the Southern Philippines and drew the case of two Indonesians behind the Jolo church bombing in early 2019. The points they make about the danger of regional terrorist networks, an inadequate deradicalization program and the monitoring of returnees in Indonesia are worth noting. The article, however, failed to identify the perpetrators in appropriate terms, referring to them as “returnees” instead of “deportees”. The Indonesian couple, Rullie Rian Zeke and Ulfah Handayani Saleh, entered the Philippines illegally and launched a twin suicide bombing during the morning mass at a Catholic church in January, which killed 23 people. Following the attack, Philippine authorities immed...

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