Australia asks Indonesia to keep a close eye on Umar Patek

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Umar Patek
(Source : Special)

Jakarta, IO – Australian deputy prime minister Richard Marles asked the Indonesian government to closely monitor Hisyam Bin Alizein a.k.a. Umar Patek, the Bali bomb maker on parole, reported CNN Indonesia, Friday (9/12).

Umar was released as of Wednesday (7/12) from Class I Penitentiary Center, Porong, Sidoarjo, East Java, under the Corrections Directorate General’s (Ditjen PAS) parole program. He is required to take part in the mentoring program conducted by the Surabaya Correctional Center (Bapas) until April 29, 2030. If during that period he reoffend, he will be sent back to jail.

Ditjen PAS spokesperson Rika Aprianti said Umar has met the criteria to be eligible for the parole program. He has served two-third of his sentence, has shown good behavior, has participated in a mentoring program and has shown a reduced risk profile according to Law 22/2022 on corrections.

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He has also participated in deradicalization program and pledged allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

“His parole has also been recommended by BNPT [the National Counterterrorism Agency] and the Special Detachment (Densus) 88 anti-terrorism squad,” said Rika.

When he received a remission this year, Patek said he planned to settle in East or Central Java with his wife and family and start his new life. He is also committed to helping the government in the deradicalization program. He wants to educate the young generation of the threat of the radical ideology espoused by terrorist organizations. (rr)