MULA S. PERJALANAN & SYAMSUL ARIFIN
* Mula Sebuah Perjalanan, a leader in the Sirotul Mustakim group (From Arabic Assirat Al Moustakin –the right path). was born in the early 60s’ in Central Java, Indonesia. In the late 70s’ Mula Sebuah Perjalanan graduatedthe Al-Mukmin boarding school in Ngruki, Central Java which Abu Bakar Bashir, the future spiritual leader of the INDONESIAN JI, co-founded with Abdullah Sungkar.
In the 80s’ Mula Sebuah Perjalanan fought in Afghanistan against the Russians. When he returned to Indonesia Mula Sebuah Perjalanan joined the INDONESIAN JI.
On 07/01/2004 the Indonesian police made public the arrest of Mula Sebuah Perjalanan, along with 4 other Islamic militants and members of the INDONESIAN JI in an effort to crack down the organization.
One of the suspects arrested with Mula Sebuah Perjalanan, known by his nick name Adong, born in 1959, participated in the planning meetings with the two top fugitives Dr. Azahari Husin and Noordin Mohammed Top, which took place before the Bali 02 bombings and the Marriott Hotel attack in 08/2003.
* Syamsul Arifin Abdul Mutholib alias Ilham was born in Malaysia in 1980. He was arrested in Jakarta, Indonesia’s Capital, on 04/13/2003, in the manhunt after the Bali ‘02 Bombings perpetrators in a police swoop in which 12 other suspects were arrested, 9 of them in Jakarta.
On 07/15/2004 Syamsul Arifin was sentenced to 3 years in jail for being an INDONESIAN JI members and committing surveillance missions in Jakarta for his superior in the organization Dr. Azahari Husin. The light sentence indicated that Syamsul Arifin was a junior member without direct links to the Bali ‘02 Bombings .
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