Indonesian National Police headquarters in Jakarta. Photo: Google Maps
Indonesian National Police headquarters in Jakarta. Photo: Google Maps

Authorities in Taiwan received a request from Jakarta police on Monday about the return of an Indonesian man wanted over a series of cyberattacks.

Indonesian authorities started cracking down on cyber crimes in February, arresting four members of the Muslim Cyber Army in Jakarta, Bangka Belitung, Bali and western Java for inciting hatred on social media and violating the Electronic Information and Transactions Law.

The wanted man, identified as a member of Saracen, an online syndicate closely affiliated with the Muslim Cyber Army, was allegedly responsible for producing and spreading fake news and hate speech in Java and other parts of Indonesia, the Taipei Times reported reported.

Since there are no diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Indonesia, the two countries have been working on how to handle the matter, said an official from the Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Indonesia.

Gatot Eddy Pramono, the chief inspector general of the Indonesia National Police’s Nusantara Task Force, told Kompas, an Indonesian national newspaper, that it was vital the man be deported from Taiwan so Indonesian police could obtain more information about the groups. He declined to give further details about the wanted man.