PAPUA ISLAMIC LEADER ARRESTED FOR BOMBS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, March 31) - An accidental
discovery of an explosives cache in Indonesia’s Papua province has led to
fears of covert militia activity in the region.

Concerns have been raised by tribal leaders in the coastal town
of Sorong, where police have arrested Muhamad Koya, a local businessman and
Islamist politician.

Sorong’s district police chief Faisal Abdul Nasir said Koya
had been taken into custody and faces up to 20 years in jail for allegedly
storing 12 home-made bombs in the warehouse of his cargo handling company.

The Australian Associated Press quotes police as saying the
businessman told them that he stored the explosives for self-defense.

His lawyer denied that he was involved with any extremist groups
that have established a presence in Sorong and other coastal towns of Papua in
recent years.

April 1, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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