Central Sulawesi Police Encourage Economic Empowerment for Former Terrorism Convicts in Poso

Former terrorism convict, Tini Susanti Kaduku (37), was barely able to speak when the Central Sulawesi Regional Police Chief Inspector General Rudy Sufahriadi and the Governor of Central Sulawesi Rusdy Mastura handed over their renovated house on Tuesday (8/3).

The house was previously made of wood which was renovated by the Central Sulawesi Regional Police (Polda) into a permanent house. Tini Susanti alias Umi Fadil is the wife of the late Ali Ahmad alias Ali Kalora, the leader of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) group. Ali Kalora died in an ambush by the Greater Madago Task Force in September 2021.

“Hopefully this house will become a bond between me and the ranks, with Pak Danrem and Ali Kalora’s family. We will try to improve what has been done before. Hopefully it will be better for all of us in the future,” said Inspector General Pol Rudy Sufahriadi during the handover ceremony for the results of the house renovation in Kalora Village, Poso Pesisir Utara District.

Central Sulawesi Regional Police Chief Inspector General Rudy Sufahriadi in Kalora Village, Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi.  Tuesday (8/3/2022) (Photo: VOA/Yoanes Litha)

Central Sulawesi Regional Police Chief Inspector General Rudy Sufahriadi in Kalora Village, Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi. Tuesday (8/3/2022) (Photo: VOA/Yoanes Litha)

The house renovation activities carried out by the Central Sulawesi Regional Police are also to support social reintegration efforts for former terrorism convicts who have served their sentences and have returned to the community. Tini Kaduku was previously sentenced to three years in prison in a trial at the East Jakarta District Court in 2017, for being a follower of the MIT group which was originally led by Santoso.

Tini is also known to participate in guerrilla warfare with her husband in the jungles of Poso district and its surroundings.

“Mrs. Tini still has small children, we must also take care of them, until where we can go to school we will take care of everything later,” promised Inspector General Pol Rudy Sufahriadi.

The Central Sulawesi Regional Police are helping to renovate the house of a former convict in Poso.  (Photo: Courtesy/Poso Police Public Relations)

The Central Sulawesi Regional Police are helping to renovate the house of a former convict in Poso. (Photo: Courtesy/Poso Police Public Relations)

Speaking to reporters, Tini Susanti said she was grateful for the help to renovate her house so that she could have a decent place to live with her four children. Since being released in 2019, Tini has returned to Poso and lives in her family’s house in Kalora Village. To earn a living he has a small business in the form of a kiosk that provides basic necessities.

“If God willing, I will live my life, of course for school children, supporting children,” said Tini.

The Central Sulawesi Regional Police in a written statement explained that in addition to house renovation assistance, Tini Kaduku also received cash assistance and later will be given bread making business assistance. The assistance provided to Tini was carried out as part of the deradicalization program.

Requires Involvement of All Parties

The Main Secretary of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) Major General Dedi Sambowo assessed that solving the problem of terrorism in Poso requires the involvement of all parties such as the government, private sector, religious leaders, traditional leaders, the community and the mass media in prevention and mitigation efforts.

Main Secretary of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Major General TNI Dedi Sambowo in Poso, Central Sulawesi.  Tuesday (8/3/2022) (Photo: VOA/Yoanes Litha)

Main Secretary of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Major General TNI Dedi Sambowo in Poso, Central Sulawesi. Tuesday (8/3/2022) (Photo: VOA/Yoanes Litha)

“To deal with it, all sectors must work together, all fields to eliminate these threats, so we all work together,” said TNI Major General Dedi Sambowo after inaugurating the Flats at the Walisongo Islamic Boarding School in Sintuwu Lemba Village, Lage District, Poso Regency, Tuesday (8/3). The flat which is intended for a female dormitory was built by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing.

The Madago Raya Task Force is still pursuing the remaining three members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT). There are three areas included in the pursuit operation, namely Poso Regency, Parigi Moutong Regency and Sigi Regency. The operation seeks to narrow the space for terrorist groups and prevent sympathizers from providing logistical and information supplies.

Security of Brimob personnel in Kalora Village, Poso, Central Sulawesi, Tuesday (8/3/2022) (Photo: VOA/Yoanes Litha)

Security of Brimob personnel in Kalora Village, Poso, Central Sulawesi, Tuesday (8/3/2022) (Photo: VOA/Yoanes Litha)

Persuade MIT to Descend the Mountain

The director of the Celebes Institute in Central Sulawesi, Adriani Badra, said that the completion of the MIT group by the security forces also needs to prioritize dialogue with the three members of the group so that they want to go down the mountain with guarantees for their safety and security.

Adriani said that the remaining MIT groups still exist because they receive support and protection from the group’s sympathizers. Therefore, according to him, the operation which is often extended cannot be the only hope to eradicate the terrorist group.

On the other hand, Adriani encourages a touch of economic empowerment for former terrorism convicts in Poso to touch all ex-convicts in supporting reintegration between prisoners and the surrounding community.

BNPT in 2021 said that there were at least 60 people out of 130 former convicts in Poso Regency who were not yet economically independent. [yl/rs]