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Medan church attack suspect’s IS links investigated

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Thu, September 8, 2016   /  03:39 pm
Medan church attack suspect’s IS links investigated On alert — A member of the National Police's Mobile Brigade stands guard in front of the St. Yosep Catholic Church in Medan, North Sumatra, following an attack on Aug. 28. (Antara Photo/Irsan Mulyadi)

The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism unit has moved Ivan Armadi Hasugian, a suspect in an attack on St. Yosep Catholic Church in Medan, North Sumatra, to Jakarta for further investigations into terrorism links.

Police will examine Ivan’s alleged involvement with a terror network led by Bahrun Naim and linked to the Islamic State movement.

North Sumatra Police spokesperson Rina Sari Ginting said the investigation into Ivan’s case by the Medan Police had finished. The Densus 88 team had taken the suspect to Jakarta to expand its investigation into the attack, she added.

“The suspect has been taken by the Densus 88 team to Jakarta today,” Rina told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Ivan’s lawyer Rizal Sihombing confirmed the report. “His parents have called me, saying Ivan is no longer at the Medan Police. He has been taken to Jakarta,” he said. A legal team from the Association of Indonesian Advocates (Peradi) would accompany Ivan during his stay in Jakarta, he went on.

Rizal criticized Ivan’s removal after the police connected him with Bahrun Naim’s radical group. He said his client had never been in touch with the suspected terrorist, blamed for the Sarinah attack in Jakarta in January.

“Ivan was never in touch with Bahrun Naim,” said Rizal.

Meanwhile, National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius said his institution could prove that in carrying out his attack, Ivan was connected with Bahrun. “It’s a fact. We can prove it,” he said on Wednesday.

Ivan, who graduated from senior high school last year, attempted to carry out a suicide bombing during Sunday Mass at the church on Jl. Dr. Mansyur in Medan on Aug. 28. (ebf)

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