Densus 88 Checks ACT's Transactions to Terror-Prone Countries

7 July 2022 16:49 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe National Police's Special Anti-Terror Detachment 88 (Densus 88) is examining financial transactions made by Aksi Cepat Tanggap or ACT humanitarian organization that is suspected of financing terrorism activities using public donations.

“Densus 88 is intensively working to explore these transactions,” said Head of the Operational Assistance Unit of Densus 88, Sr. Comr. Aswin Siregar before reporters on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Aswin said the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) had sent the suspicious transaction data which contained money transactions to a number of countries that are at risk of becoming hot spots for terrorism activities. However, he stopped short of detailing the list of the countries.

“The data from PPATK is for information to the institution for further verification,” he added.

On Wednesday, the PPATK Head Ivan Yustiavandana stated that his side had frozen bank accounts related to the philanthropic institution. Other than the alleged terrorism financing, Ivan said ACT was suspected of misusing public donations for the business interests of its founders and executives.

ACT denied the accusations. “Which funds? We have never dealt with terrorists,” said ACT President Ibnu Khajar at a press conference at the ACT HQ, Menara 165, South Jakarta, on Monday, July 4, 2022. 

Ibnu claimed he was puzzled by the allegations of being involved in funding radical and terrorist acts that were often thrown at the institution.

Consequently, the Social Affairs Ministry revoked ACT's license of operation. The philanthropic group is no longer allowed to conduct public fundraising.

M ROSSENO AJI

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