Married Couple Faces Death Penalty On Terror Charges

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A former Indonesian migrant worker, who was deported from Hong Kong last year after she posted a Facebook video of her pledging allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is now facing the death sentence along with her newly-wed husband for planning terror attacks and making explosives in a rented house in Bandung.

“Anggi Indah Kusuma alias Khanza Syafiyah al-Fuqron has committed evil conspiracy, and consciously tried to or assisted (others) to carry out terror acts. She has made and stored explosives with the intention to launch terror acts,” said court documents.

Counter-terrorism officials said Anggi was radicalised while in Hong Kong after she befriended two men, Musa Wisesa and Abu Alqosam al-Ajeneseh, who indoctrinated her on Islamic sharia law and the ISIS caliphate.

After her deportation, Anggi, 24, was immediately interrogated by Indonesian police and was sent to a social affairs ministry rehabilitation centre before being allowed to go home to her parents in Klaten, Central Java.

But, in May last year, Anggi fled home and married another migrant worker, Rahman Factory, who had returned home from Malaysia. Her parents disapproved of the marriage.

Anggi was first introduced to Rahman on Facebook while she was in Hong Kong and, after their marriage, the couple moved to Bandung, in West Java.

Less than three months after their wedding, on Aug 15, 2017, Anggi and Rahman were nabbed during simultaneous raids by Densus 88, the elite counter-terrorism unit, on three places in Bandung. Three of their alleged accomplices were also picked up.

All of those arrested were allegedly members of a terror cell, who were manufacturing home-made chemical bombs to be used to attack the presidential palace in Jakarta, the police mobile brigade squad headquarters outside Jakarta and state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad.

Source: Straits Times

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