Baridin Latief and Ata, the father-in-law and brother-in-law of high-profile terrorist Noordin M. Top have been named as suspects for allegedly hiding the terrorist during his runaway from the National Police counterterrorism unit.
Police chief detective Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi confirmed the status Tuesday.
Ito said that the police had accused Baridin of violating article 13b of the 2003 Law on antiterrorism for hiding the Malaysian terrorist.
“Besides, he allegedly hid bombing material in the yard of his house in Cilacap when the team raided his home,” Ito told kompas.com.
“The suspects are in Jakarta. We are developing the case to discover a possible terrorism network,” he said.
Baridin and Ata were arrested by the team in his home in Banyuasih village of Garut, West Java, last Thursday. Baridin’s daughter Arina is Noordin’s third wife. Noordin was killed during a search by the team last September in Surakarta. — JP