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Indonesian Police Seek Charges Against Cleric

Police said Tuesday that they were recommending that radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir be charged with attempting to overthrow the Indonesian government and instigating a series of church bombings. If prosecutors follow the police recommendation, Bashir could face life in prison for the bombing charges, which stem from attacks on churches and priests allegedly carried out by his militant Muslim followers on Christmas Eve 2000. Based on the confessions of captured militants, authorities contend that Bashir is the head of Jemaah Islamiah, a terrorist group allied with the Al Qaeda network. Police say Jemaah Islamiah has carried out dozens of bombings in Southeast Asia, including blasts Oct. 12 in Bali that killed nearly 200 people. Full Story

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