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Top witness in Indonesian Bashir trial withdraws confession

Indonesian prosecutors’ bid to link a radical Muslim cleric to bomb attacks suffered another setback when a key witness withdrew a confession tying the militant to a regional extremist group. Convicted terrorist Imron Baehaqi denied earlier claims he had seen Abu Bakar Bashir at a Philippine terrorist training camp and said he could not confirm the religious teacher was head of the Jemaah Islamiyah organisation. Prosecutors want to tie the 66-year-old to the group blamed for the October 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people died, as well as an August 2003 attack on the Jakarta Marriott hotel and the recent bombing of the Australian embassy. He is on trial for inciting followers to carry out the Bali bombings and plotting the Marriott strike in which 12 people died. If convicted he faces a maximum death penalty. Full Story

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