Indonesian police freeze charity accounts used to finance terrorism
11/05/ 2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Indonesian counterterrorism police Special Detachment 88 (Densus 88) confiscated 791 charity boxes in the arrest of three suspected terrorists in Lampung, before freezing the bank accounts of a charity of foreground accused of financing terrorist activities.
According to UCA News, Aswin Siregar, chief operating officer of Densus 88, said on November 2 “Accounts belonging to Baitul Maal Abdurrahman Bin Auf (BM ABA) were used for the global jihad program of the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) group.
The association, created in 2004 and which has several branches across the country, is known to help orphanages and Islamic pensions. However, police claim it is a cover to get people to donate to the charity, with some of the money collected going to the terrorist organization.
These funds were used to send JI cadres to conflict areas to carry out a global jihad program, such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. JI activists were trained there to improve their military capabilities or establish communication and relationships with other radical groups.
The association’s bank account was frozen following the arrest of its unnamed president in Lampung province on October 31. Police later revealed that the individual had been the chairman of JI since 2018 and a member of the group since 1997.
JI is one of the terrorist groups active in Indonesia, known for several deadly attacks, including coordinated bombings of churches in Jakarta and eight other cities, which left 18 dead and many injured.
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