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Bashir 'Ordered Mega Killed But JI Member Said No'

Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused of leading the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror network, had ordered the assassination of President Megawati Sukarnoputri when she was still vice-president, according to a copy of his indictment obtained yesterday. But another leading JI member had refused the order from Bashir on the grounds that it was not feasible, the indictment alleged. It said Bashir had ordered a man called Mukhlas – a key suspect in the Bali bombings – to plan the assassination of Ms Megawati in 2000 because she supported the Christians. Mukhlas, when told of Bashir’s order by a fellow JI member, was quoted in the indictment as saying: ‘We have no capability for that. ‘The refusal is not against the oath, because our oath says a leader’s order should be carried out according to the assignee’s ability.’ Full Story

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