The Indonesian police alleged that Islamic State has infiltrated intellectual groups in Indonesia, following the deportation of a former Finance Ministry employee from Turkey for trying to join the group in Syria. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)

100 Indonesians to Be Deported From Turkey for Trying to Join IS in Syria

BY : FAROUK ARNAZ & EKO PRASETYO

JANUARY 27, 2017

Jakarta. The Indonesian police alleged that Islamic State has infiltrated intellectual groups in Indonesia, following the deportation of a former Finance Ministry employee from Turkey for trying to join the group in Syria.

Triyono Utomo Abdul Bakri had resigned from the ministry a year ago, before trying to join IS in Syria through Turkey. He had dreamed of living in a country based on Islamic sharia laws.

However, the Turkish government had foiled the attempt, with him, his wife and his three children deported to Bali from Istanbul earlier on Wednesday evening (25/01).

"The IS recruits are not just ordinary people, but also intellectuals, academics. IS recruiters have infiltrated universities through events in their mosques," police spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto said in Jakarta on Friday.

Investigation by elite counterterror unit Densus 88 suggested more intellectuals might be recruited in the future.

"Don't think that just because these academics are supposed to be more rational and logical that they won't join IS," Rikwanto added.

The senior officer claimed there are now around 100 Indonesian citizens in Turkey ready to be deported for trying to pass Turkey's border into Syria.

"They are currently in detention in Turkey. They will be interrogated and then sent home in several batches," Rikwanto said.

Determined to join IS

The police also claimed that Triyono, a 2009 master’s graduate from Adelaide, Australia, and his family had wanted to live in Syria under sharia laws.

They paid for their travels to Turkey themselves after selling everything that they owned in Indonesia.

Currently, investigators are digging for more information on Indonesian citizens who had tried to go to Syria via Turkey, and the groups they are affiliated with.

If they are registered with a terror group, the police will charge them with violating Indonesia's anti-terror law.

Triyono had brought along his wife, 44-year-old NK, and three children, NA (12), MSU (7) and MAU (3), to Turkey with him. They were living in Cilincing, North Jakarta, before their move.

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