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Nusa Dua, Bali. The National Police has formed a joint team with other government institutions to confirm news of suspected terrorist Umar Patek’s arrest in Pakistan, the chief of detectives said on Wednesday.
“We have formed a joint team, but we have to wait for Pakistan’s approval before we can go there,” Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi said.
Patek, 40, a suspected member of the Al Qaeda-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, was arrested earlier this year in Pakistan, foreign intelligence sources said on Tuesday.
Patek, a Javanese Arab, is well-known to intelligence agencies across the world. He is believed to have served as he group’s deputy field commander in the nightclub bombings that left 202 people dead, many of them foreigners.
However, the National Police said that even if it were true that Patek had finally been caught, he would not necessarily be deported immediately.
“There is no guarantee he will be deported back to Indonesia — because if he has been arrested in Pakistan, it means he must have committed a crime there. We will have to wait and see,” Ito said.
It is not the first time that Parek has been reported found, dead or alive.
In 2006, he was reportedly killed in a military attack in Zulu, the Philippines, but the report could not be verified.
In 2008, the Phillipine military reported that Patek, again, had been killed in a gunfight in Bato Bato.
The Pakistani Embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday was not available for comment.