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Fate of IS returnees to be decided in first half of year, senior minister says

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 22, 2020   /  03:28 pm
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Displaced Syrian women and a children walk toward tents at the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp of al-Hol in al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria,on February 7, 2019. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

As thousands of former Islamic State (IS) sympathizers in Syria and Iraq look to return home after the fall of the jihadist group’s territory last year, the government is examining how to handle inbound returnees in the next couple of months, Indonesia’s chief security minister has said. Following a meeting with relevant agencies, Coordinating Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government would continue weighing its options for handling the possible repatriation of IS sympathizers. “Today we discussed whether or not to repatriate them [Indonesian returnees], and, if they do return, whether or not [we take] all of them,” Mahfud said at his office in Jakarta on Tuesday. He guaranteed that the rights of some 660 vetted returnees as they relate to statelessness would be upheld – Article 28 of the 1945 Constitution stipulate...