Hambali: Mastermind of Terror
Within weeks of Hambalis arrest,
The information regarding the arrest of Gunawan in
The FIA was set up after
The Pakistani State TV reported: Pakistani security officials arrested 13 Malaysian and two Indonesian students in
The Pakistani Interior Ministrys National Crisis Management Cell director, Brigadier Javed Cheema released a report stating: the request for their arrest came from their respective countries, who have sought their deportation. They may be in a better position to confirm links of some of them with Jemaah Islamiah. The two Indonesians were later identified as Gungun Rusman Gunawan, 27, originally from the
The original report did not identify Gunawan as the younger brother of Hambali but Associated Press managed to obtain the following report from a government source which indicated that Gunawan had been arrested some months before the announcement:
Gungun Rusman Gunawan was taken into custody from the Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station by the army a month back. About a month ago, the SHO (Station House Officer) Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station summoned one of our Indonesian students, namely Abdul Hadi whose name was written on his passport as Gungun Rusman Gunawan, for questioning.
At the police station, he was questioned by an army colonel and later was taken towards an undisclosed location. Since then we have no information regarding his whereabouts. We have informed his government but so far we did not receive any response. Gunawan was known as Abdul Hadi in the institution as his name was very difficult to pronounce. Hadi possessed all documents.
Gunawan came here to acquire religious education on a scholarship about five years ago and he had no links with any extremist outfit. On the morning of September 20 some persons in plain clothes came to the institution and asked the administration to produce six students namely Ahmed Maaz, Muhammad Razi, Amin, Akhwan, Firdous (all Malaysians) and Saifuddin (Indonesian).
The management produced them before the officials who claimed to be the personnel of the Federal Investigation Agency. The officials checked the luggage of the six persons and their travel documents. Later, the officials told the administration that the governments of these students gave their names to the Foreign Ministry, and requested to send them back.
In order to deport them, the officials took the students along with them and since then we have no information regarding our innocent students. We immediately informed the Malaysian and Indonesian governments through their Consuls-General regarding the arrest of their nationals and now they are dealing with the Pakistani Government.
Some 147 students were studying in Jamia Abu Bakar. The students belong to