Police today implicated in the Bali bombings the man believed to have recently taken over the Indonesian leadership of outlawed terrorist network Jemaah Islamiah (JI). They named as a suspect Abu Rusdan, whom they claim succeeded Abu Bakar Bashir as the head of the secretive group which is believed to want an Islamic state imposed on the entire South-East Asian region. Bashir faces charges of treason for founding the group in 1993 and planning a series of bombings in Indonesia in recent years, but not the October 12 attack in Bali. Police claim Rusdan took over the running of JI’s operations in Indonesia when Bashir was arrested last October, soon after two bombs exploded on the Kuta nightclub strip, killing 202 people. Rusdan was arrested in Central Java on April 23, the day Bashir’s trial started in Jakarta. Full Story
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