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Australian FM welcomes Indonesian probe into Bashir terror links

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer welcomed Indonesian moves to investigate jailed Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir’s alleged terrorist links, saying he hoped charges would follow. Downer described Bashir as spiritual leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked fundamentalist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), responsible for the October 2002 Bali nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. He admitted Canberra was concerned after the Supreme Court in March halved Bashir’s three-year prison sentence for immigration offences and said Australian officials had spoken to their Indonesian counterparts about the terror investigation. Full Story

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