Different approaches to Abu Bakar Bashir from the police and military in Central Java.
As part of a 'building bridges' attempt the police chief of Central Java, Alex Bambang Riatmodjo, on 6th August donated five computers, one printer, and a memento type gift to the Pondok Pesantren Al Mukmin in Ngruki, Sukoharjo, led by Abu Bakar Baasyir.
Police General Riatmodjo had intended to hand over the gifts in person to Abu Bakar Bashir at the Al Mukmin school but was taken sick suddenly, while a senior official of the Sukoharjo police force stepped in to take his place.
Al Mukmin Islamic boarding school has produced graduates such as Amrozi, Mukhlas and Imam Samudra, executed on 9th November 2008 for their roles in the Bali bombings, and after the recent suicide bombings in Jakarta suspicion immediately fell on the school again.
Alex Bambang Riatmodjo
Alex Bambang Riatmodjo later said that his intended visit was to ensure that the police and the Islamic community had a similar vision and to prevent any misunderstandings between them.
As far as I know the police chief wanted to find out what our school is actually like. There is the issue of some people believing that there is a secret bunker under the school, but if he visits he'll see there's nothing like that.
In recent days military officers had searched the school complex looking for an underground facility.
They searched everywhere, even in the toilets and in my house.
Every time there is a terrorist act in Indonesia Baasyir always says it is a form of jihad to defend Islam. It is the wrong way of thinking about it and it is a justification of terrorism. In my view there are three causes of terrorism. Wrong ideology, poor education, and poverty.