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Evidence Against Cleric Mounts

In Chapter 39 of a handbook meant to be destroyed long before it was found, Indonesian police said, investigators discovered a fundamental rule of Jemaah Islamiah, the Southeast Asian terrorist network: All armed operations must be approved by the group’s emir, or supreme commander. Investigators say they believe the emir is Abubakar Baasyir, a white-bearded cleric arrested in October. He has repeatedly denied involvement with terrorism. The half-inch-thick, hard-bound volume, written for Jemaah Islamiah members and bearing Arabic writing on its cover, is but one item in a growing inventory of evidence that investigators say links Baasyir to a series of terrorist attacks, prime among them the October bombings in Bali that killed nearly 200 people. Police allege they now also have details of a May meeting at which five Indonesian militants who plotted the Bali attack received Baasyir’s blessing for their plan. Full Story

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