Posts Tagged ‘Thailand’

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Pulo operative funded attacks in 5 provinces

July 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.

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Thai Islamists get cash bonus for car bombs

April 9, 2012

Muslim fanatics in southern Thailand are getting one million bahts (over 30,000 USD) as a bonus for their IED attacks.  The group receiving the bonuses is probably the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), a network that began advocating Islamic socialism in the 1960s, but now appears to be just another militant Islamist front.

From yesterday’s Bangkok Post with a h/t to Rantburg.:

Bombers on B1 million incentives

Separatist militants who make car bombs and launch successful attacks in the deep South receive a one-million-baht bonus for their work, a southern intelligence agency says.

A source at the agency, who asked not to be named, said on Sunday the militants would go to the Thai-Malaysian border to receive their wages. But he refused to name the location or who was paying the reward.

The source said there was only one insurgent group active in the three southern border provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala, plus four districts of Songkhla, including Chana, Na Thawi, Saba Yoi and Thepha — the separatist Barasi Revolusi Nasional (BRN).

The group was led by Masae U-seng, a long-time key suspect in the sectarian violence in the region, and Sapae-ing Basor, the former principal of Thamawittaya Foundation School in Yala.

Security authorities early this week said Mr Masae was the mastermind behind last Saturday’s bombing at Hat Yai that left three died and hundreds of others injured. Intelligence reports indicate Mr Masae had sent insurgents from Narathiwat and Yala to pose as businessmen to gather information in Hat Yai to prepare for another attack.

The Police Operations Centre for the Southern Border Provinces has issued a warning to authorities and the public to look for five stolen pickup trucks that could be used in more car bomb attacks.

The source said the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (Pulo) was one of the groups calling for a free and independent Pattani in the international political arena and had a role in seeking funds for the southern separatist movement. The group has offices in Sweden and Germany and acts as a middleman in negotiations, he added.

 

The BRN is financially active.  Pattaya Today offered this background last year.  According to the report, BRN gets some zakat funding from Islamic NGOs and enforces “protection payments” (jizya) against local residents and rubber plantation owners:

An umbrella insurgent group in the deep South spent more than 85 million baht on violent actions last year, an intelligence source in the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command says.

The source said spending by the Barasi Revolusi Nasional (BRN) last year had been assessed by the intelligence unit and amounted to more than 85 million baht. The money came from contributions by drug trafficking rings, local businesses, individual residents and local government agencies.

Residents in certain areas were required to pay one baht protection fee a day, while owners of para rubber plantations were required to pay a 3,000 baht protection fee each month, the source said.

The BRN even has a revenue department. It keeps part of the money for activities in the provinces with the rest going to the group’s headquarters. The core leaders also sought financial support from non-profit organisations in Europe and other countries.

Donations from non-profit organisations was intended to support Islamic education in some pondok schools, but the BRN had managed to get a share of the money and spend it on insurgent activities.

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Counterfeiting in India at crisis levels

November 9, 2010

Counterfeiting by Islamist groups has become widespread in South Asia.  It’s only kaffir paper currency.  Might as well steal, copy, and decimate it.  (See here, here, and here for semi-related coverage.)

Puneet Madaan sends in the latest on the counterfeiting saga from a Rediff article entitled “Fake money worth Rs 120,000,000,000,000 in India” on Oct. 26:

Even as the government of India speaks of taking preventive measures to curb the menace of fake currency, statistics show there is nearly Rs 12,00,000 crore worth of fake currency still in circulation in India.

While India managed to seal the fake currency’s Pakistan and Nepal route into India to a large extent, Inter Services Intelligence-sponsored operatives have furthered their activities by shifting base to Thailand.

These elements have been pumping in fake currency into the Indian market with help of operatives of the Dawood gang who have a strong base in Thailand.

The key player in this racket today is Aftab Bhakti, a D Gang operative who reports directly to Major Ali and Arshad Khan, both top ranking ISI officers.

Bhakti grew in stature, as he had been operating out of Thailand for nearly a decade. During his earlier stint, he coordinated with the mafia in Thailand on behalf of the D-gang. They were primarily into smuggling of drugs.

The D gang’s network is very deep-rooted in Thailand and there was already an existing route between this country and Bangladesh through which drugs were being smuggled.

Moreover, as this particular route was not on the radar of the Indian agencies, the ISI thought it would be best to use this route to transport fake currency as well.

Earlier, all notes were being printed in Pakistan and then transported into India through Nepal. However, the scenario changed post the November 26 attacks on Mumbai, which prompted the ISI to rethink its strategy.

In the current scenario, the notes are being printed in Thailand and then local operatives pump it in to India via Bangladesh.

Intelligence Bureau officials told rediff.com that they have shared information to this effect with the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is looking into this case in India…

Puneet also forwarded an email he received from India along with the article.  The correspondent wrote:

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