Pulo operative funded attacks in 5 provincesJuly 15, 2012
The media often use the term “extortion” in cases such as these, while the jihadist offenders view it as zakat when it is taken from fellow Muslims and jizya when taken from non-Muslims. The Islamists regard the extortion as a legitimate tax pursuant with the Koran rather than white collar crime that elites perceive it to be.
This particular jihadist spared himself from the gallows for financing terrorism and stockpiling weapons by cooperating with the authorities in Thailand. From the Bangkok Post on June 27:
Pulo separatist gets life sentence
The Appeals Court on Wednesday sentenced a member of the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo), a separatist movement, to life in prison, reversing the Criminal Court’s decision to drop all charges against him.
Koseng, or Useng, Cheloh (Photo by Surapol Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)
Prosecutors indicted Koseng, or Useng, Cheloh, a Pulo member, on charges of rebellion and illegal assembly of weapons and men to conduct terrorist activities with the aim being to separate five southern border provinces from the kingdom.
The court was told that between 1968 and Feb 10, 1998 Koseng and other Pulo members had recruited Muslim people into the separatist movement, extorted protection money from businessmen in the five southern border provinces and used the money to set up armed units to conduct terrorist activities, including attacks on government installations, destroying rail tracks with bombs and burning down bridges and schools, causing extensive damage and a large number of casualties.
The Criminal Court on Dec 1, 2008 dismissed the case against Koseng on the grounds that evidence against him was doubtful. The state appealed.
The Appeals Court today reversed the Criminal Court’s decision and sentenced Koseng to death.
The death sentence was commuted to life on the grounds that his testimony was useful.
On Tuesday morning, eight military rangers and six civilians were wounded by a bomb blast on a road in Narathiwat’s Tak Bai district. An assistant village headman was also shot dead in an ambush at Ban Luemu in Yala’s Krong Pinang district.
On Monday night, three men were shot dead in Pattani’s Kapho district by a group of men weating in military-style camouflage uniforms.
More than 5,000 people have been killed and over 8,400 injured in the three southernmost provinces and four districts of Songkhla since violence erupted in January 2004, according to Deep South Watch, an agency that monitors the conflict in the southern border provinces.