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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Professor Rohan Gunaratna - internationally renowned........

[b]Professor Rohan Gunaratna - internationally renowned terrorism expert deported [/b]

By Lalith Ganhewa - Asian Tribune Bureau Germany

[b]Singapore, 10 September, ([/b] Internationally renowned terrorism specialists, Professor Rohan Kumar Gunaratna was detained on a mistaken identity in Maluku (Moloccus), Indonesia, last Monday by the Indonesian anti-terrorism police unit while he was on his way to Ambon from Seram Island and subsequently deported to Singapore.

According to Professor Gunaratna, he had visited Maluku, the most active conflict zone in Indonesia, to personally to assess the threat of terrorism.

He was accompanied by two Indonesian nationals - a translator and Noor Huda Ismail, an Indonesian terrorism analyst, who was recently awarded the prestigious British Chevening scholarship on terrorism by the University of St Andrews.

The Indonesian anti-terrorism police arrested the three as their boat approached Ambon city, the capital of Maluku province.

Due to the recent increase in the number of terrorist attacks by foreign terrorists visiting Maluku, the police in Maluku had stepped up surveillance and was on the look out for foreign nationals.

The Indonesian authorities said that it was a case of mistaken identity as Professor Gunaratna had traveled to Maluku without informing the authorities and without adequate documentations.

Despite the initial identity mess-up, Professor Gunaratna, was deported back to Singapore on last Thursday, and he told “Asian Tribune” that the Indonesian authorities were exceptionally hospitable and they followed the rule of law.

Professor Gunaratna, who heads the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore, said that as a result of his observations in Maluku, Singapore’s counter terrorism training assistance to Indonesia will increase.

Earlier, at the invitation of the Australian-funded Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC), Professor Gunaratna designed and conducted the first certificate course on terrorist organizations and operations at the Police Academy in Semarang, Indonesia.

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