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Bashir not an MILF guest, Indon court told

Indonesian prosecutors’ bid to link a radical Muslim cleric to bomb attacks suffered another setback Thursday when a key witness withdrew a confession tying the militant to a regional extremist group. Convicted terrorist Imron Baehaqi denied 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 organization. Prosecutors want to tie the 66-year-old cleric 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. But a series of convicted terrorists brought to court as star prosecution witnesses have all denied knowledge that Bashir was involved with the Jemaah Islamiyah. Full Story

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