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Bashir Accused of Bomb Plots

Prosecutors today accused Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir of plotting terror bombings in Indonesia and Singapore as part of a campaign to topple the Indonesian government and set up an Islamic state. An indictment filed in court describes the Muslim cleric as “emir” or leader of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) regional terror network which is blamed for a series of bombings or attempted bombings in the region. Bashir is formally charged with treason, which is punishable with a 20-year jail term, and three immigration offences. He is accused of conspiring to commit treason with Abdullah Sungkar, Hambali, Zulkarnaen, Imam Samudra and Mukhlas. Hambali, as the suspected former operations chief of JI, is Asia’s most wanted man. Samudra and Mukhlas are awiting trial for the Bali bombings last October which killed 202 people. Full Story

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