INDONESIAN POLICE TO INTERVIEW AL GHOZI  

Camp Crame, Feb. 28, 2003 - Indonesian police announced that they would send a team to the Philippines to question an Indonesian jailed at Camp Crame for terrorism.

The team will question Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi, who last April was jailed for 12 years for possessing one ton of TNT, said an Indonesian national police spokesman, Edward Aritonang.

Philippine authorities have described al-Ghozi as an explosives expert for the Jemaah Islamiyah extremist group, which is blamed for the Bali bombing and other blasts in Indonesia.

Aritonang said the team would investigate several cases of bombings and weapons possession in Indonesia, including the bombing of the Philippine ambassador's residence in Jakarta in 2000 that killed one person.

"Our team will cooperate and coordinate with the Philippine police," he said.

Aritonang said the team might also check on the origin of weapons found in Indonesia that appeared to have come from the Philippines.

Some weapons are believed to have been smuggled into Indonesia from the southern Philippines where separatist rebel Muslim groups are active.

Al Ghozi has confessed to planning, with MILF operatives, the series of bombings that rocked Metro Manila on December 31, 2000, killing 22 and injuring hundreds. He has yet to stand trial for that crime.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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