Islamic Hardliner with Alleged JI Links 'Abducted'
A Muslim hardliner believed to be close to some leaders of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) regional terrorist network has been reported abducted in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, police said yesterday. Lamkaruna Putra on Tuesday reported the alleged abduction of his father, Fauzi Hasbi, alias Abu Jihad, to police, said national police spokesman Didi Rohayadi said. The alleged abduction occurred on Feb 23. There was no explanation for the delay in reporting it. Mr Rohayadi said the report had been sent to police in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, to follow up. He could not give details and the Maluku police spokesman could not be reached for comment. Mr Putra said his father and two other men identified as Edi Putra and Ahmad Saridup were taken away from the Nisma hotel in Ambon by an unidentified group, the Jakarta Post reported yesterday. A report last December by the International Crisis Group said Hasbi, aged 54 or 55, ‘meets regularly with the JI leadership in Malaysia’. It said he was a member of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in Aceh province between 1976 and his arrest by government forces in 1979. Full Story