Cleric to Go on Trial in Indonesia

A militant Islamic cleric accused by the United States of being a key terror leader in Southeast Asia goes on trial Thursday, charged in the Bali bombings and the J.W. Marriott hotel attack in Jakarta.The trial of Abu Bakar Bashir comes a week after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took office in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, and will be seen as a test of his election campaign promises to crack down on terrorism. The 66-year-old Bashir was acquitted last year of separate terrorism charges. The verdict was widely criticized abroad, and the administration of then-President Megawati Sukarnoputri came under fire for being soft on the cleric for fear of upsetting mainstream Muslims.Full Story

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