Veil checks ordered after jailbreak
Published 09/11/2012 | 12:03
Indonesian police are tightening security checks on burka-clad visitors at prisons in the capital Djakarta after a convicted terrorist apparently escaped under the Islamic veil.
Roki Aprisdianto, 29, sentenced to six years behind bars in 2011, managed to escape from the Jakarta Police detention centre - home to 70 terrorist inmates - when 23 burka-clad women came to visit their husbands.
The convicted militant allegedly put on a burka smuggled in by a visitor, said police.
Another inmate told police he saw Aprisdianto wearing a burka, but no one was recorded visiting him.
Police will staff additional female guards at prisons in Jakarta to conduct security checks in a closed room for women wearing burkas.
Women previously were never asked to lift their veils.
Police are still searching for Aprisdianto, who led a small terrorist cell and was arrested in 2010 for masterminding a series of bombings that targeted churches and police stations in Central Java province. There were no reports of injuries in the attacks.
Indonesia has been battling terrorists since the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.