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First Bali bomb suspect charged

Indonesian prosecutors have formally charged their first suspect in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings. A spokesman for the prosecution, Antasari Azhar, said the trial of the man, known only as Amrozi, was expected to start on 12 May. The bomb attacks have been blamed on members of the Muslim militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI). A treason trial against the group’s spiritual leader, Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, is already underway. Mr Ba’asyir, who has been charged with plotting to overthrow the Jakarta Government and turn Indonesia into an Islamic state, began his defence on Wednesday saying that God would be his judge. “I testify that there is no other absolute ruler, protector or judge except Allah,” he told the five trial judges. “There is no source of law except Allah.” Full Story

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