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Jakarta arrests 'key militant'

Indonesian police say they have arrested the new spiritual leader of the radical South-East Asian Islamic group Jemaah Islamiah (JI). Abu Rusdan is among 18 suspected JI members arrested in the past week, three of whom are wanted in connection with the Bali bombings last October, which killed more than 200 people. Police in Jakarta claim Mr Rusdan replaced radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir as head of JI, which some foreign governments have linked to the al-Qaeda militant network. News of the arrest came on Wednesday, the opening day of Mr Ba’asyir’s trial for treason. He is accused of plotting to overthrow the Indonesian Government in order to turn the country into an Islamic state. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in jail. Full Story

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