Long sought and feared pirate of tankers, merchant vessels as well as fishing boats in the Malacca Strait Rusli bin Abdulgani alias Wa`di, alias Irwansyah (37), was eventually caught at his rented house in Majasem, Karya Mulya village, Cirebon city, on Sunday at 5 p.m West Indonesia Time (WIB).
When the police stormed and broke into the former GAM commander`s hiding place, he tried to resist arrest, but was paralyzed after the police shot him in his thigh.
"The suspect had attacked and looted many vessels in the Malacca Strait, and was on the police wanted list for the last three years," he said.
A member of the police squad who preferred to remain anonymous said that the suspect has an extensive network covering Medan and Aceh, with oil tankers, merchant velssels and fishing boats as target.
"The privates also used to collect `security fees` from ship operators so that their ships would be left alone," he said.
When at hospital, he told the police guarding him that he attacked and looted only fishing boats with the loot sent to the GAM. In his latest action he said he took away a telex machine and computer from his victims, and sold them in Medan.
Landing the Big One
Tuesday, October 02, 2007