RealNews

Indonesia to Get Access to Hambali

The United States has told the Indonesian police that they will be allowed to question a top Asian terror suspect, known as Hambali, who is in US custody at a secret location. Hambali is believed to be the operations chief for the Muslim militant group Jemaah Islamiah, which has been blamed for the Bali bombings – which killed more than 200 people last year – and a series of other attacks including on the Jakarta Marriott hotel earlier this month. Soon after he was captured in a joint Thai-US police operation in central Thailand on 11 August, the Jakarta authorities said they wanted to him to stand trial in Indonesia. However, there is no extradition treaty between the US and Indonesia. But the US had agreed “in principle” to allow the Indonesian authorities to interrogate Hambali, Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa told the BBC – although he did not know when it would take place. US ambassador Ralph Boyce had assured police chief General Da’i Bachtiar on Wednesday that Indonesian officers would be given direct access to Hambali, Mr Natalegawa said. Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines have also all expressed an interest in talking to Hambali – an Indonesian whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.