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God Will Be My Judge, Bashir Tells Court

Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir began his defence today against accusations that he led a deadly Islamic terror network, saying God would be his judge. “I testify that there is no other absolute ruler, protector or judge except Allah,” the white-robed Bashir told the five judges. “There is no source of law except Allah.” A calm Bashir denied a charge of trying to topple the government through a terror campaign and urged the court not to be swayed by domestic or foreign pressure. He called for a trial “free from political intervention or the intervention of the powers of the government or the intervention of the subjective interests of parties outside Indonesia”. Judges who passed fair verdicts would go to heaven, those who did not would go to hell, he warned in a short statement before his lawyers began addressing the court. Full Story

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