23 suspects of surabaya church bombing moved to Jakarta: Police

23 suspects of surabaya church bombing moved to Jakarta: Police

A number of congregation members and relatives raised the coffin of the victims of the terror bomb, Aloysius Bayu Rendra Wardhana, after the Mass of the memorial of the martyrdom at the Church of Santa Maria No Blemish, Surabaya, East Java last May. (ANTARA / M Risyal Hidayat)

Surabaya, E Java  (ANTARA News) - Twenty three suspects of a church bombing in Surabaya have been moved from East Java city to the National Police headquarters` jail in Jakarta for an investigation, a police spokesman said.

"The suspects had been transported to Jakarta on Monday," the East Java police spokesman, Sen. Coms. Frans Barung Mangera, said here on Tuesday.

Seventeen of the 23 suspects were jailed in the East Java provincial police detention house, while six others were detained in the prison of Dukuh Pakis police in Surabaya, he said, adding that they were transported to Jakarta in two buses.

Arrested by the National Police anti-terrorist squad, Densus 88, the suspects would be tried in Surabaya because the attack occurred in the capital city of East Java Province, he said.

The Surabaya church bombing occurred last May where the executor was a woman who engaged her two children. The three of them blew themselves up in the yard of the targeted church.

The spread of radicalism and terrorism still threatens Indonesia, and the empowerment of women is believed to be an important element for resolving serious threats due to women`s strategic roles.

It was Yenny Wahid, director of the Wahid Institute, who raised the importance of empowering women in the war against terrorism while speaking at the National Gathering of One Thousand Indonesian Women`s Organizations held in Yogyakarta recently.

"How do we feel when we see a mother have no heart and blow up herself and her two children? On the contrary, if our kids happen to even slip, we get sad. But the mother did it because her husband wanted them all to go to heaven. If she was strong, she would definitely be able to reject a doctrine that she would only go to paradise through her husband or her father," Wahid said.

Indonesian women should be empowered enough to refuse such a misleading doctrine because each man and woman must be responsible for whatever he/she has done.

"The main task of a parent is to educate his or her children but if they have grown up and become adults, all the sins they commit are not the responsibility of the parents but their own."

"What a pity if the parents of corruptors, criminals, and other bad people are held responsible for the sins of their children," Wahid said.





Reporting by Indra Setiawan/Willy Irawan
Editing by Rahmad Nasution
 

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