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Navy arrests Batam pirates in Malaysian waters

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Thu, June 20, 2019   /   01:00 pm
Navy arrests Batam pirates in Malaysian waters On alert: Quick response team personnel are on patrol in waters between Batam and Bintan, Riau Islands, on June 4. (JP/Fadli)

A Navy quick response team arrested on Sunday two people for suspected piracy in Malaysian waters.

The Navy base’s spokesperson, Maj. Saul, confirmed the arrests on Tuesday, saying that the two suspects were arrested in Tanjung Uma subdistrict, Lubuk Baja district, Batam, Riau Islands.

“It’s true. The arrests were conducted by the quick response team,” Saul said.

The two were identified as Jefri bin Ali Amin and Tono bin Mulyono. Both were detained at the Navy base. Two others remain at large.

The arrests were made based on a report by Malaysian authorities regarding a piracy attempt against MT Pioneer using two wooden pompon ships in East Out Port Limit waters, East Johor, Malaysia.

Malaysian authorities arrested two people, while another two escaped using the pompon ships. Two others escaped by jumping into the sea. 

The arrests of Jefri and Tono were based on information from the two arrested by Malaysian authorities, who were identified as M. Aripin bin Nurdin and Ian Syah. They said the other perpetrators had returned to their homes in Tanjung Uma.

The quick response team is trying to locate the other two alleged perpetrators, having coordinated with the local neighborhood unit head.