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Indonesian cleric to be charged

Indonesian prosecutors are to file charges next week against detained cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the attorney-general’s office has said. Ba’asyir faces charges of leading the Jemaah Islamiah militant network and involvement in the bombing of the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta last year. Ba’asyir has also been linked by police to the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings. But a spokesman for the attorney general said he would not be charged in connection with that attack. Spokesman for the attorney general’s office, Kemas Yahya Rahman, told Reuters news agency that as well as being charged in connection with the Marriott Hotel attack, Ba’asyir would also be charged with possessing illegal explosives found during in a raid on a house in central Java last year. Full Story

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