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Jakarta trial told of terror web

Islamic militant groups in South East Asia are linked together across the region, an Indonesian court has heard. A terror suspect testifying in the trial of Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir said there were connections between Jemaah Islamiah, the group suspected of the Bali bombing, and Muslim groups in the Philippines and Thailand. Ahmad Sajuli bin Adbul Rahman, a member of JI who was giving evidence via video-link from Malaysia, said he had sent fellow militants for training in the Philippines and Afghanistan. Mr Rahman echoed last week’s testimony by three other witnesses, in saying that the elderly cleric became the head of JI following the death of the previous leader, Abdullah Sugkar, in 1999. Mr Ba’asyir is on trial for his alleged role in church bombings in 2000 and for allegedly planning to overthrow the government to establish an Islamic state. Full Story

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