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Riots as Indonesia rearrests cleric said to be behind Bali bomb

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police yesterday as officers rearrested a Muslim cleric accused of heading the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network on the day he was due to be released from prison. Dozens of people were injured. Abu Bakar Bashir, 66, was taken away for questioning after serving an 18-month term for minor immigration offences. Authorities say they have new evidence he is the leader of Jemaah Islamiyah and that he approved of bombings dating from 2000, including the Bali bombings on 12 October 2002, that killed 202 people. Bashir was arrested as a terror suspect shortly after the Bali blasts but judges dismissed those charges, convicting him only of the immigration offences and treason. The Supreme Court overturned the three-year treason sentence this month. “This is an extraordinary form of illegal detention,” said his lawyer Munawarman, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “They stormed into the cell. They pushed him and dragged him into the car. The police are acting above the law.”Full Story

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