Monday, November 06, 2006

BIN Cheif says police should arrest Poso perpetrators

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The police should have the courage to arrest the suspected perpetrators of the recent acts of terror in the Central Sulawesi town of Poso if persuasive efforts fail to make them surrender, State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Chief Syamsir Siregar said here on Monday.

"If persuasive efforts to make them surrender are unsuccessful, the police should have the courage to take action," Syamsir told newsmen at the presidential office before attending a plenary cabinet session.

The BIN chief made the statement when asked why a certain religious forum in Poso which was believed to know the whereabouts of the suspects had yet to hand them to the police.

Asked if the government had to set a deadline (for the suspects to give themselves up), Syamsir declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Kompas daily reported on Monday police would act and arrest some 29 fugitive Poso terror perpetrators if the chairman of the Poso Muslim Struggle Forum, Adnan Arsal, failed to hand them to the police by Tuesday.

Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU) chairman Hasyim Muzadi said the Poso problem could only be solved if all elements involved in the recent acts of terror or in inciting the unrest, regardless of whether they belonged to the Moslem, Protestant or Catholic communities, should be expelled from the region.

About how this could be accomplished, Hasyim said he was sure the government knew the methods that should be applied in the case.

Adnan Arsal should be thrown in jail for harboring fugitives from justice and I'm sure if the police looked hard enough they would evidence that shows he is involved in the terror caused in Central Sulawesi. The police should not be listening to Arsal or taking his word for any deal. He's trying to make himself look like a good guy when he is actually involved with these terrorists. His nephew is a leader of one of the terror groups.

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