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JI 'Followed Cleric to Indonesia'

The trial of alleged JI head Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has seen the group linked to the Bali bombings. The headquarters of Southeast Asian radical Islamic network Jemaah Islamiah moved to Indonesia from Malaysia when prominent Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir took charge, an Indonesian militant has told the court. Ahmad Sajuli and three other militants, speaking at Ba’asyir’s treason trial via videoconference from Malaysia where they are in detention, are the latest Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) members to testify that Ba’asyir heads the group accused of carrying out a terror campaign in Southeast Asia. Prosecutors have charged Ba’asyir with committing treason by leading JI, which has been linked to the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden, and of approving church bombings across Indonesia in 2000 that killed 19 people. They have also linked him to an aborted plot to kill President Megawati Sukarnoputri when she was vice president. Indonesia has blamed JI for last October’s bomb attacks in Bali, although Ba’asyir has not been named as a suspect. Full Story

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