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| THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017 | THE STRAITS TIMES | A21

Suspects
deny Batam
rocket plot
Duo accused of planning Marina Bay attack
say Indonesian anti-terror unit made it up
Francis Chan with Singapore as the destination.
Indonesia Bureau Chief Gigih and Hadi, as well as Tarmid-
and Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja zi, Eka Saputra and Trio Syafidro,
Indonesia Correspondent pleaded not guilty when they were
In Jakarta charged in court on Jan 24 in connec-
tion with the terror plot. They were
also charged with harbouring mili-
Two suspects including the lead- tants and funding terror activities.
er of a Batam terrorist cell who The police did not reply to queries
are accused of planning to fire a regarding Gigih and Hadis claims
rocket at Marina Bay have denied about Densus 88 by press time.
having any part in the foiled attack. Thecase drew much attention ow-
The alleged leader, Gigih Rahmat ing to the audacious nature of the al-
Dewa, and his accomplice, Hadi leged plan and how quickly Densus
Gusti Yanda, were back in court as 88 managed to round up the mem-
the trial against them which start- bers of the cell behind it.
ed on Feb 1 resumed yesterday. The progress of the trial, howev-
Speaking to The Straits Times, er, has been slow, noted East Jakar-
Gigih said there was no such plan, ta District Court Judge Tarigan Mu-
while Hadi claimed it was a da Limbong, who was presiding
trumped-up charge. That is a sto- over the sixth hearing of the case.
ry made up by Densus, Hadi said, He took issue with the prosecu-
referring to the Detachment 88 tion, after only two witnesses out
counter-terrorism police unit, of 16 who were scheduled to testify
known as Densus 88. showed up. He also criticised the
The two Indonesians, and three prosecutors for turning up four
other members of the cell, were ar- hours late for the hearing yesterday.
rested in Batam last August in con- Counter-terrorism analyst Adhe
nection with the terror plot target- Bhakti, from the Centre for Radical-
ed at Singapore. ism and Deradicalisation Studies,
Follow-up raids by Densus 88 at said the hearing must be complet-
their homes found weapons such ed six months from the date the
as a bow and arrow and an airsoft case was presented to the court,
gun modified to resemble an which was Jan 24.
AK-47 assault rifle but no rocket. If there is no verdict within that
A sixth member, Leonardus Huta- window of time, the defendants,
julu, was arrested in September. by the law, must be released, he
Among his possessions seized added.
were an airsoft replica of an assault
rifle, two mobile phones, an Indone- tkchan@sph.com.sg
sian passport and a travel itinerary wahyudis@sph.com.sg

The alleged terrorist cell leader, Gigih Rahmat Dewa, conferring with his lawyer
in the East Jakarta courtroom yesterday. ST PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

Spore, Jakarta target


cyber threats jointly
Singapore and Indonesia, which tems from cyber threats.
have long cooperated on defence Indonesia announced last month
and counter-terrorism, are also that it will also set up its own Na-
working together in tackling cyber tional Cyber Agency to deal with cy-
threats, said Deputy Prime Minis- ber crimes in the country.
ter Teo Chee Hean yesterday. Mr Wiranto had said earlier that
We had many positive and good even though Indonesias Defence
exchanges in counter-terrorism, Ministry, State Intelligence Agen-
and I thanked our Indonesian coun- cy, police and Communications
terparts for helping arrest groups and Information Ministry have de-
in Indonesia who may be thinking veloped their respective cyber divi-
of causing Singapore harm, he sions, there were still security gaps
added. that needed to be plugged. He add-
DPM Teo was speaking to report- ed both countries could cooperate
ers in Jakarta where he was attend- further and share experiences.
ing the Indian Ocean Rim Associa- DPM Teo yesterday stressed the
tion Leaders Summit, which end- importance of building strong peo-
ed on Tuesday. ple-to-people ties between Indone-
He also met Indonesias Coordi- sia and Singapore as the two coun-
nating Minister for Political, Legal tries mark 50 years of diplomatic
and Security Affairs Wiranto, and relations later this year.
Defence Minister Ryamizard Rya- This year will be the 50th
cudu, separately on the sidelines of anniversary for the Republic of In-
the summit on Monday. donesia-Singapore relations so
During those meetings, they ex- our embassy has dubbed that as
changed views on regional security RI-SING 50, or Rising 50, he add-
issues, including the terrorist ed, noting that a key event to com-
threat posed by the Islamic State in memorate the milestone will be a
Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the impor- Leaders Retreat that is set for Sep-
tance of enhancing regional coop- tember.
eration in cyber security. DPM Teo said Singapore is close-
We are sharing our experiences ly monitoring the diplomatic row
in how to run a cyber security agen- between Malaysia and North Ko-
cy and the Indonesians are interest- rea, and the latters very active
ed in setting up one as well, said launching of missiles, in the last
Mr Teo. few days. North Korea on Monday
He had announced in January fired four ballistic missiles, three of
2015 that Singapore will set up the which landed in Japans exclusive
Cyber Security Agency (CSA) to co- economic zone.
ordinate public- and private-sec-
tor efforts to protect national sys- Francis Chan