RealNews

Bin Laden acolyte goes on trial for masterminding Bali bombing

An alleged Islamic terror group leader who met Osama bin Laden while he was fighting in Afghanistan went on trial for giving the green light for the deadly Bali bombings. Ali Ghufron, alias Mukhlas, is charged with overall responsibility for the blasts and is said to have “motivated” the suicide bombers. He is the highest-level suspect to face trial for the attacks on two crowded nightspots last October that killed 202 people from 21 countries. “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Greatest) Mukhlas yelled three times, waving his fist, as he entered the court amid tight security. Like two key suspects whose trials began earlier, he faces death by firing squad if convicted on several counts of terrorism. A chilling indictment, read out by female prosecutor Putu Indriati, says Mukhlas authorised the plan to bomb Western holidaymakers in revenge for the “slaughtering” of Muslims worldwide by the United States and its allies. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.