INDONESIA ARRESTED 5 FOR RECRUITING ISLAMIC MILITANTS
Indonesia police officials arrested five people on Monday 03/23/2015,, accusing them of recruiting and sending people to Syria and Iraq to fight for I.S.I.S. The suspects were arrested from three different locations around Jakarta, according to media reports.
“The arrests are the result of a police investigation related to the recruitment, funding and propaganda of ISIS,” Badrodin Haiti, national deputy police chief, said, according to German news agency DPA.
The men had reportedly sent 37 Indonesians to Turkey from where they could enter Iraq and Syria to join I.S.I.S, 21 of those had managed to enter Syria, the rest, including 11 children, four women and a man, were arrested by Turkish authorities in 01/2015, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. They are reportedly still detained in Turkey.
The 5 suspects had mostly helped women and children join ISIS and are accused of “coaching, guidance, and recruitment of sympathisers to depart to Iraq and Syria … and the collection and distribution of funds for the activities of ISIS volunteers in Indonesia,” Four of the men have been accused of arranging documents for all the 37 Indonesians.
According to the Indonesian government’s estimates, more than 500 Indonesian citizens have already joined ISIS.
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