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Indonesian Police Delay Questioning Bashir

Indonesian police building a new case against jailed Muslim preacher Abu Bakar Bashir will interrogate him when investigators return from questioning witnesses in regional countries, police said on Wednesday. Responding to a delay in plans to quiz Bashir on Wednesday, national police chief General Da’i Bachtiar said investigators wanted more evidence on the cleric, accused by some governments of heading the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant network. Mahendradatta, Bashir’s chief lawyer, said police wanted to question his client as a suspect, although he had no details on charges. Bashir’s lawyers have previously said their client would be questioned under Indonesia’s anti-terrorism law. Bachtiar said investigators had gone to Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. He gave few other details. The 65-year-old preacher is serving time for immigration offences. He is due to be freed on April 30. Full Story

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