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Indonesian cleric accused of treason

Indonesian police have recommended that prosecutors charge Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the suspected spiritual leader of a regional militant group, with treason and a series of bomb attacks. Police said Mr Ba’asyir plotted to assassinate Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri while she was deputy leader, and masterminded a spate of bomb attacks on churches across the archipelago on Christmas Eve 2000. National police spokesman Edward Aritonang said police gave the prosecutor’s office evidence files on Mr Ba’asyir on Monday for consideration. Under Indonesian law, if prosecutors believe there is enough evidence to substantiate the charge, a trial date will be set. The recommended charges carry a maximum sentence of life for treason and 15 years in prison for attacks using explosives. Mr Ba’asyir has not been formally accused of taking part in last year’s terrorist attacks on Bali, in which nearly 190 people were killed. Full Story

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