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'Terror emir' on treason charges

The radical Indonesian cleric thought to have masterminded last year’s Bali bombing is to be tried for attempting to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state, prosecutors said yesterday. Abu Bakar Ba’aysir, 64, is also accused of being the emir (leader) of Jemaah Islamiyah, al-Qaida’s main network in south-east Asia, according to the 25-page charge sheet lodged with the court in Jakarta. The treason charges relate to terrorist attacks in Indonesia between 1993 and 2001, including a spate of church bombings on Christmas Eve 2000 which killed 19 people. Mr Ba’aysir, who runs an orthodox Islamic school in Java, attended meetings in Malaysia and Singapore in 2001 at which he allegedly approved an attempt, subsequently foiled, to bomb US interests in Singapore. Full Story

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