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A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: May 3, 2021

Indonesia has formally designated Papuan separatists as "terrorists", its chief security minister said on Thursday, a move activists said could expand the powers of security forces, including lengthy detentions without charge.

The legal designation follows a call by President Joko Widodo for a crackdown on Papuan rebels after an intelligence officer was shot dead on Sunday in the country's easternmost region, where a low-level rebellion has been fought for decades.

"The government thinks that organisations and the people in Papua who commit massive violence can be classified as terrorists," chief security minister Mahfud MD told a news conference.

"Terrorism is any action that uses violence or threats of violence that create an air of terror or fear," he said, citing a 2018 counter-terrorism law.

Read more: Reuters

An Australian man accused of being an ISIS supporter claimed he received a false Venezuelan passport after someone approached him in a shopping centre five years ago, a Brisbane court has heard.

Ahmed Luqman Talib, 31, from Doncaster East in Melbourne’s north-east, made a second unsuccessful bail application, this time in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday.

The father-of-eight was arrested on March 25 and extradited from Victoria after he and Queenslander Gabriel Crazzi, 34, were detained in a counter-terrorism sting.

Mr Talib is charged with one count of preparations for foreign incursions into foreign states for purpose of engaging in hostile activities between October 1, 2012, and September 1, 2013.

Read more: Brisbane Times (Australia)

Last month, Turkey’s central bank banned the use of crypto assets for payments on the grounds such transactions were risky.

In the days that followed, two Turkey-based cryptocurrency trading platforms were halted under separate investigations – Thodex and Vebitcoin.

Six suspects linked to the Thodex probe were jailed on Friday pending trial.

The investigation into Thodex, which handled daily trades of hundreds of millions of dollars, initially led to the arrests of 83 people after customers complained of not being able to access their funds.

Read more: Al Jazeera