Indonesia: Radicalisation of the “Palembang Group”

11 12 2009

URL: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=6110&l=1. Source: International Crisis Group.

This report uses documents from the trials of ten men from Palembang, South Sumatra, sentenced last month to heavy terms on terrorism charges, to show how radicalisation takes place. “The sobering revelation is how easy the transformation can be, if the right ingredients are present”, says Sidney Jones, Crisis Group’s Senior Adviser to the Asia Program. “In this case, the most important element in turning the group toward violence was charismatic leadership, provided by two fugitives”.

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