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Terror Suspect Found Guilty in Indonesia

An Indonesian court on Wednesday found the alleged leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group guilty of sheltering one of the Bali bombers. Abu Rusdan, a 43-year-old militant cleric — who allegedly took over Jemaah Islamiyah from the group’s suspected founder, Abu Bakar Bashir, in April 2002 — was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for helping Bali bombing suspect Muklas hide from authorities. “The defendant, Abu Rusdan, has been legally and convincingly proven guilty of committing a crime by hiding the perpetrator of a terror act, and hiding information about the terror crime,” Judge Mahmud Rohimi said. As Rohimi finished reading his verdict, more than 100 people chanted “God is great” from the gallery of the packed courtroom in a show of support for Rusdan, who was clad in a gray Muslim tunic and cap. Full Story

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