Australia and Indonesia will host a summit of 15 Asian-Pacific nations in November to discuss combatting the flow of terrorism funding, in the first gathering of its kind.
Australia and Indonesia’s financial intelligence units, AUSTRAC and the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK), will co-host the event, to be held in Sydney.
Indonesian terrorism experts have warned that money collected for humanitarian aid to help Muslims in Syria could be misused to finance terrorism activities.
In March 2013, the Muslim Concern for Syria and Palestine Forum (FIPS) raised over Rp 30 million for Syrian Muslims at a mosque in Cibubur, on the eastern outskirts of Jakarta.
But they also said that such fundraising is vulnerable to misuse, citing a case in Aceh where money was raised in the name of Muslim solidarity with Palestinians. It was later discovered that the fundraising group had links to Dulmatin, one of the 2002 Bali bombers.