Police Probe Oz Cash Transfers Linked to Indonesian Terrorists


DECEMBER 01, 2015

Jakarta. The National Police have launched an investigation into allegedly terrorism-linked money transfers worth Rp 7 billion ($505,000) from Australia to Indonesia, possibly to pay for Indonesians to join the Islamic State movement in Syria.

Gen. Badrodin Haiti, the chief of National Police, said the information came from the country's anti-money laundering agency, the Financial Transactions Report and Analysis Center (PPATK).

"It will take time to determine who was behind this," Badrodin said on Tuesday.

The PPATK has been working together with its counterpart Down Under, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (Austrac).

According to the deputy head of the PPATK, Santoso, the Rp 7 billion came from an Australian national living there.

Hundreds of Indonesians are believed to have joined IS and other radical groups in Iraq and Syria in recent years.

An IS financier was jailed by a Jakarta court last month.