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Lawyer says militant Muslim "merely" introduced Marriott suicide bomber

Lawyers for an Indonesian Islamic militant admitted that he had introduced a potential suicide bomber to an alleged key organiser of the last August’s Marriott hotel blast. But they said their client, Muhammad Rais, never ordered suicide bomber Asmar Latin Sani to go ahead with the attack which killed 12 people at the US-franchised hotel. “The defendant merely introduced Asmar Latin Sani to Noordin Mohammad Top because the defendant knew that (Sani) was ready to die as a martyr for a jihad (holy war),” said lawyer Mohammad Toha. He pointed out that Rais was arrested four months before the blast. Prosecutors at South Jakarta district court say Rais in January 2003 introduced Latin Sani to two Malaysian explosives experts, Azahari Husin and Noordin. Full Story

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