Indonesia says terror financing “kingpin” is native AustralianSeptember 15, 2015
Indonesia’s financial intelligence unit has traced the source of half a million dollars for jihad in Syria: an Australian man married to a Javanese woman. An Indonesian official says, “That man collected money from many people in Australia” (emphasis mine). Hopefully this intelligence is being shared with Australian intelligence and law enforcement. From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (h/t @skinroller) on Sept. 13:
Australian man linked to cash supporting terrorism, sending fighters to Syria: Indonesia
Indonesian authorities have revealed they have linked an Australian man to $500,000 they suspect has been used to support terrorism and send Indonesian nationals to Syria to fight with Islamic State.
The Australian man is married to an Indonesian woman who the ABC understands is from Java but is now living in Australia.
In an exclusive interview with the ABC, Agus Santoso, the deputy chair of Indonesia’s financial intelligence body Intrac, said they had tracked 5 billion rupiah from bank accounts in Australia that has been transferred to at least 10 accounts in Indonesia.
“That man collected money from many people in Australia. Then he sent it to his wife’s account in Indonesia,” Mr Santoso said.
“So this Indonesian woman was used to open some bank accounts which we suspect have links with terrorism suspects.
“What is surprising is that the kingpin is not an immigrant. In my opinion he is native Australian, not an immigrant. I mean, he is white.”
Intrac, also known as the Financial Transactions and Analysis Centre (PPATK), has tracked the money since 2012 and said some of the funds were still active in Indonesian accounts.
Mr Santoso said he strongly suspected the money was being used to send Indonesians to Syria, while also funding IS recruitment to strengthen the terrorist network in Indonesia.
He said $500,000 goes a long way in Indonesia.
“It only costs $250 to make a bomb,” he said…