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Court Upholds Ba'asyir's Detention

The South Jakarta Court ruled on Monday that the detention of terror suspect Abu Bakar Ba’asyir is lawful and rejected a suit from his lawyers seeking the release of the elderly Muslim cleric. Judge Tusani Jabri dismissed claims that Ba’asyir’s detention was unlawful because police had changed their allegations against him since his arrest last October,AFP reported. Police and foreign governments say Ba’asyir, 64, is the spiritual leader of the Jamaah Islamiyah regional terror network, which is blamed for the October 12 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, and other deadly blasts in Indonesia. “From early on, from the handing over of the evidence file to the prosecutor’s office, the police investigators included Article 107 (covering treason) of the penal code in their charges,” said Jabri at South Jakarta district court. Full Story

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