Jakarta (AsiaNews) - The Indonesian terrorist Mohamad Jibril Abdurrahman, August 26 arrested on suspicion of being the "brains" behind the massacres in Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotel in Jakarta on 17 July, is linked to al Qaeda. It was revealed today, by the Indonesian police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri, who explained that the man - also known as Muhamad Ricky Ardhan - is an “ex-member of the international terror network" of Osama Bin Laden.
" Yes, it is right," admitted the chief of police, after Friday prayers, spurred by questions from journalists. " However, - continued general Danuri - all these alleged statement should be based on legal evidence”. Asked to what is, at present, the legal status of Jibril, he annotated: "Inshallah (God willing, ed), he may soon be declared a terrorist suspect."
Investigators also believe that Jibril - with time spent in Pakistan, where he received training - is an agent of the wealthy Saudi smuggler Ali Al Khalil. He apparently received a large sum of money to finance attacks on the hotels from Saudi tycoon, which cost the lives of nine people, in addition to 50 wounded. Earlier this week the security forces arrested Ali, who is under the investigation of the anti-terrorism special units.
Jibril Ali and thanks to huge amounts of money, also dealt with the recruitment of suicide bombers. Terrorists targets included Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Anonymous sources reveal that Jibril, in the years spent in Pakistan, joined a local terrorist group called Al Ghurab, known to be a mediator between al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia.
The charges against Jibril have sparked harsh reactions from family and colleagues at Arrahmah.com, a web portal committed to the propaganda of radical Islam of which he is director. Fackhry Mohammad, chief editor of the online journal, called the allegation "ridiculous" and stressed that "it must be attested by evidence and not based on suspicion”.
In a document released today the International Crisis Group (ICG) reports that the terror network in Jakarta is more diffused and complex "than first thought”. Experts say that it is very easy for the Malaysian terrorist Noordin Moh Top, one most wanted by the police, to recruit "potential suicide bombers in every corner of the country."