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Indonesia cleric denies Bali link

Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has formally denied any involvement in the Bali bombings in 2002 and the Marriott Hotel attack in 2003. Testifying at his trial in Jakarta, he said the bombers were wrong to stage attacks in Indonesia, because it was not a nation at war. Ba’asyir also denied he was connected to the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah, which he is accused of leading. If found guilty of the charges against him, he could be sentenced to death. Wearing a grey jacket and Muslim skullcap, Ba’asyir told the court that he supported jihad, but not in Indonesia. “I could not have supported the Marriott and Bali bombings because they were committed in places of peace and not conflict zones,” Ba’asyir said. Full Story

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