2 Indonesian NSFs pulled out of joint exercise

2 Indonesian NSFs pulled out of joint exercise
Men from the Singapore and the Indonesia National Army (TNI-AD) conduct an annual bilateral army exercise, code-named Safkar Indopura, in Singapore on Nov, 29, 2007. Indonesia is investigating two of its citizens for being part of this years' joint military exercise.

JAKARTA - Two Indonesian citizens who hold permanent resident status in Singapore were deported to the neighbouring country after their status was discovered during joint military training between the two countries in Magelang, Central Java.

The military officials, identified only by the initials CJH and AJ, were removed from the training programme after the discovery as the 2006 Citizenship Law bans Indonesian citizens from enlisting in foreign military forces or joining a country that is moving toward or already at war with Indonesia.

Indonesian Military (TNI) spokesman Maj. Gen. M. Fuad Basya said the two officers were immediately deported after the TNI reported the findings to the Foreign Ministry, the Law and Human Rights Ministry and the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Ministry.

But he refused to comment on whether the government should revoke the citizenship of the two officers.

"The TNI will let the Law and Human Rights Ministry decide their fate," said Fuad on Wednesday as quoted by viva.co.id.

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