Fugitive Indonesian militant recaptured in Malaysia

Fugitive Indonesian militant recaptured in Malaysia

JAKARTA - An Islamist militant who broke out of jail during a prison riot in western Indonesia has been recaptured in Malaysia and handed over to Indonesian authorities, police said Tuesday.

Fadli Sadama was among 200 inmates who in July fled the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan city after prisoners set the overcrowded facility ablaze in a riot that left five people dead.

"With the recapture of Fadli Sadama, all four terrorists who escaped have now been rearrested," national police spokesman Agus Rianto told reporters, saying Sadama was recaptured "several days ago".

Sadama was detained in a joint operation between Indonesian and Malaysian police, Rianto said, adding he had been brought back to Indonesia and was being questioned.

"We are also investigating whether he was involved in the riots," he said.

Malaysia had initially deported Sadama in December 2010. He was jailed in Indonesia for 11 years in 2011 under anti-terrorism laws for his role in several bank robberies to finance terrorist activities, including one in 2010 in which a policeman was shot dead.

Anti-terror officials also accuse Sadama of having links with the Pattani United Liberation Organisation separatist group in southern Thailand.

Sadama was also believed to have been a courier for Noordin M. Top, the late Malaysian bombmaker from the Jemaah Islamiyah group who was the mastermind of several deadly bombings in Indonesia.

Jailbreaks are not uncommon in Indonesia's overcrowded and under-resourced prisons.

In February last year dozens of inmates at the over-capacity Kerobokan prison on the resort island of Bali rioted and set parts of the facility on fire, sending outnumbered guards running.

 

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