Former Terrorism Convicts in Poso Urges MIT Group to Surrender

As many as 23 ex-terror convicts (convicts) in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on Monday (11/10) morning, pledged allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution.

“Refusing to be involved in activities and ideas that are contrary to Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution,” said Supriadi alias Upik Pagar, a former convict who led the reading of the pledge on the shore of Iyato, Madale Village, North Poso City.

To reporters, Supriadi, 36, said the pledge read with his colleagues was a form of awareness that there was no reason to rebel against the government.

“What are we trying to fight? First we are Indonesian. These two governments in meeting our needs have been very much given. Facilities exist. Wanting to worship is also smooth, what do we want to demand. Why do you want to rebel?” said Supriadi, who in 2013 was sentenced to four years in prison by the West Jakarta District Court for his involvement in the Santoso group’s military training.

On that occasion, Supriadi expressed his hope that the remaining four members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) group would be willing to go down the mountain so that there would be no more victims, especially innocent citizens.

Ex-Terrorism Convicts (convicts) of Poso while reading the pledge of allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, on October 11, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

Ex-Terrorism Convicts (convicts) of Poso while reading the pledge of allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, on October 11, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

“What they are fighting for at this time I say is not clear, what direction their struggle is going, for what and even it causes many victims from the community, both from themselves, many are harmed. The good thing is they just got off. We are friends of ex-convicts, if they come down, we accept it,” Supriadi urged.

Four MIT Terrorists Urged to Surrender

Previously, the Head of the Central Sulawesi Regional Police, Inspector General Pol Rudy Sufahriadi, called on former convicts in Poso to help four members of the MIT group surrender themselves to the security forces. The four remaining MIT members are Askar alias Jaid alias Pak Guru, Nae alias Galuh alias Mukhlas, Ahmad Gazali alias Ahmad Panjang and Suhardin alias Hasan Pranata.

“If these ex-convicts are able to communicate with the four DPOs that we have been looking for, I will wait. Hopefully they will surrender,” said Rudy, who is also the person in charge of Operational Control at Madago Raya, after witnessing the pledge of allegiance by 23 former Poso convicts.

Central Sulawesi Police Chief, Inspector General Rudy Sufahriadi while giving a press statement after witnessing the pledge of loyalty to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia by 23 former terrorism convicts in Poso, on October 11, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

Central Sulawesi Police Chief, Inspector General Rudy Sufahriadi while giving a press statement after witnessing the pledge of loyalty to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia by 23 former terrorism convicts in Poso, on October 11, 2021. (Photo: Mouab/Yoanes Litha)

According to Rudy, the Madago Raya Task Force is still pursuing the four members of the MIT group in the mountainous forests of Poso, Sigi and Parigi Moutong Regencies.

“We are trying to map out where they are but we are still chasing them, but if we can, if they can communicate, they want to give themselves up, we will also wait,” explained Rudy.

In addition to pursuit efforts, the Madago Raya Task Force also established bulkhead posts in various places to prevent the group from descending into community settlements.

Thousands of Hectares of Abandoned Cocoa Farms

The ongoing security disturbances by MIT also have a negative impact on the economic activities of cocoa farmers in the Poso Pesisir, Poso Pesisir Utara and Poso Pesisir Selatan sub-districts.

The Head of the Poso Regency Agriculture Office, Suratno, said that thousands of hectares of cocoa plantations were abandoned by farmers who were worried about their safety.

Generally, the cocoa plantations are located at the foot of the Blue Mountain, which is also a hiding place and movement for the MIT terrorist group.

“Our affected cocoa is around 18,000 hectares, it cannot be touched again since the year of those operations. So many who are no longer productive are no longer taken care of,” said Suratno, Tuesday (5/10).

According to him, with the decreasing number of members of the group, farmers have begun to raise the courage to return to taking care of their lands which had been neglected since at least 2016. (yl / em)

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