Indonesian Police: DNA Proves It Was Noordin
Putri Prameshwari & April Aswadi
He lies in a coffin, his identity proven beyond doubt by a DNA match, but the body of the mastermind behind Indonesia’s most infamous terrorist network may not find its way back to Malaysia for a while, National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on Friday.
“We have coordinated with the ambassador. We have coordinated with the Foreign Affairs Ministry. But there are still a number of issues we want to look into regarding certain documents,” Danuri said after a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The police chief was referring to documents the police seized from the raided house in Kepuhsari, Solo, Central Java, where Noordin and three other alleged terrorists were killed.
Danuri said the police were examining the materials and that they would not be released.
He declined to reveal the outcome of the examination of the documents, including whether they contained the target of the next bomb attack planned by the terrorist group, although he hinted the material may provide information about the existence of terrorist networks in other areas.
The police, Danuri said, were entirely satisfied that the body was indeed that of Noordin M. Top, following a 30-hour process that included fingerprint and DNA tests.
“We were already a 100 percent sure with the fingerprints. Now there are no doubts that [the body was] Noordin M Top,” Danuri said.
Badarudin Ismail, a spokesman for Noordin’s family in Malaysia, said they were waiting for the Indonesian police to send the forensic report.
After the formal DNA report is completed, he said, it would be sent to the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta and forwarded to the Malaysian government.
“Once the family have been informed of the results of the report, they will come to Jakarta to pick up the body,” Badarudin said, “which will probably be after Idul Fitri.”
Noordin, a 41-year-old Malaysian who led a violent splinter faction of the Jemaah Islamiyah network, was killed along with three militants at the end of a bloody nine-hour siege in Kepuhsari on Thursday.
Badarudin said Noordin’s brother Yahya and his wife, Siti Rahma, were most likely to be the ones who would come to Jakarta and return the body for burial in Malaysia.
On Friday, police were still keeping most areas of the Sukanto Police Hospital in East Jakarta off limits to the public. Despite the yellow lines hanging across the main gate, cars were free to enter, unlike previous days.
Four police officers also secured the Cenderawasih III room, where Putri Munawaroh, the seven-month pregnant woman wounded in the raid, was being treated. Putri’s husband, Hadi Susilo, was killed in the raid.