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Indonesia charges militant cleric

Indonesian prosecutors have formally charged Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the militant Muslim cleric accused of leading a regional terrorist organisation. Prosecutors accused him of treason, alleging he tried to overthrow the government and set up an Islamic state of Indonesia. The charges relate to a wave of church bombings in 2000 which killed 19 people, and a plot to bomb US interests in Singapore in 2001. Mr Ba’asyir was arrested soon after the October 2002 terrorist bombing on Bali, which killed more than 200 people. But the indictment does not name him as a suspect in that attack. Mr Ba’asyir is widely suspected of being the spiritual head of the regional Islamic group Jemaah Islamiah, which police and intelligence officials believe was behind the Bali attack. Full Story

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