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Jakarta Post

Police urged to form fact finding team over suspected terrorist's death

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Wed, February 14, 2018   /   06:30 pm
Police urged to form fact finding team over suspected terrorist's death Under investigation: Personnel of the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad search the boarding house of suspected terrorist Kafid Fathoni, 23, in Kampung Keputren, Kartasura, Sukoharjo, Central Java, in December 2016. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Several members of the Surakarta Sharia Council visited the city’s police headquarters on Tuesday to call for the creation of a fact finding team to shed light on the death of suspected terrorist Muhamad Jepri, alias MJ.

“Our visit here is to convey a letter, which states that we want the government via the National Police chief [Gen.Tito Karnavian] to explain the cause of MJ's death. We will convey this letter to the President [Joko Widodo], the National Police chief, the National Commission on Human Rights [Komnas HAM], the House of Representatives, the Indonesian Ulema Council [MUI] and Indonesia’s largest Islamic organizations Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah,” said Endro Sudarsono, a member of the council.

He said there were suspicions regarding the cause of Jepri's death, including a rumor that his death was a repeat of Siyono's, a suspected terrorist from Klaten, Central Java, who was reportedly tortured to death by Densus 88 personnel in 2016.

“With a fact finding team, there will be clearer information about the cause of MJ’s death,” said Endro.

Jepri was arrested by the Densus 88 team over his alleged involvement in terrorist group activities in Indramayu, West Java, on Feb.7.

Densus 88 personnel also arrested Jepri's wife, Ardilla, 18. Jepri was accused of being part of a terrorist network controlled by Ali Hamka, a convicted terrorist currently serving his sentence at Cipinang Penitentiary.  

Jepri's body was buried in Tanggamus, Lampung, last Saturday. “We want Komnas HAM to help investigate this case,” said Endro. (ebf)