Indonesia: Ex-Finance Ministry Official, Family Freed Despite Alleged IS Links

 Indonesia: Ex-Finance Ministry Official, Family Freed Despite Alleged IS Links

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An Australian-educated former economist with Indonesia’s finance ministry and his family were released from police custody on Friday after being deported from Turkey for allegedly trying to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, an official said Friday.

The man, identified as Triyono Utomo, was arrested Wednesday morning at a Bali airport with his wife, daughter and two sons. They were sent to Jakarta on Thursday as part of an investigation, but were eventually released due to a lack of evidence needed to press terrorism-related charges against them, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Rikwanto told BenarNews.

“They finally were freed and sent to a social center of Bambu Apus to receive guidance training from the social ministry,” Rikwanto said, referring to a government center in Jakarta. “There they are to be trained in Pancasila, Indonesia’s ideology based on five principles, and how to live in society.”

Earlier this week, police released 17 Indonesians who were arrested Saturday after being deported from Turkey over similar allegations. The 17 are attending the same training.

Quit to start school for orphans

On Friday, the Ministry of Finance confirmed that Utomo had been employed there. He had earned a master’s degree from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and was a candidate to head a unit in the ministry’s Fiscal Policy Office.

“In February 2016, he resigned as a public servant from the finance ministry, saying he wanted to manage a boarding school for orphans in Bogor,” ministry spokesman Nufransa Wira Sakti said in a press release Friday. “After that he could no longer be contacted.”

The city of Bogor is just south of Jakarta.

Full story: BenarNews

Tia Asmara

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