Patrialis Akbar, Indonesia's justice minister, is responsible for administering 
the government's policy of "deradicalising" members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a 
group that has long been engaged in an armed conflict with the government.

But in an interview with Al Jazeera to discuss the re-educating programme, 
Patrialis Akbar said he would encourage and even fund the same fighters to 
carry out "bomb attacks in Israel instead".

However, later in the discussion he toned down his words and said that he does 
not encourage violence.

His statement caused much controversy and international condemnation, but Dino 
Patti Djalal, a spokesman for the Indonesian president, said Akbar was only 
expressing frustration after Israel's attack on the aid-carrying flotilla bound 
for Gaza last month in which nine activists were killed and scores were 

Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.

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