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Defendants in Indonesia Trial Cite Ties to Osama bin Laden

An Islamic cleric and four of his subordinates appeared in court here today in an unusual glimpse at the inner workings of the Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah and of its links to Al Qaeda. The cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, 64, who is on trial for treason, sat impassively in the heavily guarded courtroom as, one by one, four of the suspects in the Bali bombing that killed more than 200 people last year described their relationship to him and to top leaders of Al Qaeda. One defendant in the Bali case, Ali Ghufron — better known as Mukhlas, and considered to be the operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah — said he knew Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda’s founder, well. He denied that Mr. bin Laden was involved in the blast at a Bali nightclub last October. Full Story

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