Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Forensic tests on Noordin Top no match - source

View complete story at Reuters, 10 August 2009

Forensic tests including on DNA, finger prints and hair of a man shot dead by Indonesian police during a raid targeting Noordin Mohammad Top do not match the militant, a source close to the investigation said on Monday.

Malaysian-born Top is a prime suspect in last month's near simultaneous suicide attacks on Jakarta's JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that killed nine people and wounded 53.

Police shot dead a man thought to be Top after an 18-hour siege on a farmhouse in rice fields in Central Java on Saturday, but initial confidence it was Top appears to be fading.

"Sure, today at 10 o'clock the tests were already completed," said the source from police headquarters, who spoke on condition he was not named. "Twelve criteria for supporting evidence have been checked including DNA, finger prints, hair and so on,"

"According to my friends, they don't match," said the source, adding that blood samples were taken from Top's son in Riau province.

The source said police could officially announce the results in two to three days.

Police will also check on a scar on Top's left eye brow and particular tooth pattern based on information from him Malaysian family, the source said.

A police spokesman could not immediately be reached, but a number of analysts and other sources quoted in the media have also denied that the dead man is Top.

"From the photos of the head of the body that was circulating in the Internet as well as some other information I can't quote the sources, we have no idea who it was," Sidney Jones, an expert on Islamic militants at the International Crisis Group, said on Sunday.


Indonesia police concede Noordin Top evaded death – Telegraph.co.uk