Jus­tice takes a back seat

De­layed ex­e­cu­tion of home­grown ter­ror­ists ex­poses In­done­sian hypocrisy

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION - PAUL TOOHEY

TWO In­done­sian ter­ror­ists sen­tenced to death for the 2004 Aus­tralian Em­bassy bomb­ing in Jakarta are yet to be given a date for ex­e­cu­tions.

This is de­spite be­ing sen­tenced prior to ex­e­cuted Aus­tralian drug run­ners An­drew Chan and Myu­ran Suku­maran.

The men, known as Rois and Hasan, are re­sid­ing on the Nusakam­ban­gan prison is­land where Chan and Suku­maran were ex­e­cuted by fir­ing squad in 2015.

In­done­sian At­tor­ney- Gen­eral HM Prase­tyo, who sched­uled the ex­e­cu­tions of Chan, Suku­maran and six other drug run­ners in April 2015, de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached.

Hasan and Rois were sen­tenced to death in 2005 for the car- bomb blast that killed eight In­done­sians.

Chan and Suku­maran were sen­tenced in 2006. The Aus­tralians both ex­pressed re­morse dur­ing their tri­als, while both of the In­done­sian killers, who have so far been given an ex­tra three years of life, had no sor­row for their ac­tions.

Rois supplied and trans­ported ex­plo­sives that were placed in a ve­hi­cle that blew up out­side the em­bassy; Hasan plan- ned the at­tack with ter­ror mas­ters Dr Aza­hari and No­ordin M Top, stor­ing the ex­plo­sives and teach­ing the sui­cide bomber how to drive the bombladen truck. Rois said the at­tack was di­rectly funded by Osama bin Laden. Tau­fik An­dre, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Jakartabased de­radi ca l i s a t i o n cen­tre, the In­sti­tute for In­ter­na­tion- al Peace Build­ing, or YPP, knows both men from vis­its to Nusakam­ban­gan. “Rois is now a big sup­porter of ISIS,” he said. “He was in­volved in the ( Jan­uary 2016) Tham­rin at­tack ( in cen­tral Jakarta), help­ing with the net­work, in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple. “He has been in­volved from jail in try­ing to pur­chase weapons from the south­ern Philip­pines and bring them to Java.

“Hasan, on the con­trary, has be­come more and more mod­er­ate. He is very co- op­er­a­tive and fol­lows de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion pro­grams. He has tried to ap­peal but this has not been suc­cess­ful.”

Se­nior counter- ter­ror and anti- drug of­fi­cials re­cently ex­pressed to News Corp Aus­tralia in Jakarta that there was a dou­ble stan­dard be­ing ap­plied to home­grown ter­ror­ists.

They said they hoped the hypocrisy was ex­posed.

Iwan Dar­mawan Mutho, aka Rois ( left) and Ah­mad Hasan ( right); An­drew Chan and Mayan Suku­maran ( far right).

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