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Jakarta Post

IS sympathizers deserve second chance: BNPT chief

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 14, 2019   /  11:49 am
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National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) head Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius (right), Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) leader Din Syamsuddin (center) and National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto attend a meeting in Jakarta in this file photo. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

"I was once a champion in school, but then I was forced to follow my parents to Syria. Now that I am back to Indonesia, I really want to be a school champion again,” said National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) head Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius. In a discussion held by Tempo media group on Tuesday, he was quoting a child who is among the Indonesians who had returned from an Islamic State (IS) camp in Syria and are currently staying at the Bambu Apus shelter in East Jakarta. The child is among dozens of Indonesians who have returned from the terrorist group camp. Suhardi said the IS sympathizers deserved a second chance in society so they could move on with their lives. However, he added that he was well aware that those people should get proper rehabilitation to prevent them from causing harm in public spheres. After the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SD...