INDONESIAN POLICE CHARGE BA’ASYIR WITH TERRORISM

Indonesia’s radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has been charged with inciting terrorism and may face the death penalty.

Nearly three months after his arrest from a military training camp in Aceh, Indonesia’s anti-terror police have charged Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir with inciting terrorism, a crime, which can see him face death penalty.

Prosecutors are confident that his trial would go very quickly. Ba’asyir had already served a little more than two years behind bars but released in 2006 after he was cleared of his possible links with Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a group believed to have carried out deadly attacks on Bali in 2002, which killed 202 people.

The 71-year-old had been jailed for plotting the bombings. Investigators claim that JI’s spiritual leader also has links with terror outfit al-Qaeda – a claim he strongly denies.

He formed another hardline Islamic group Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT), and presently serving as its leader.

The police, under the Indonesian law, are required to pass a dossier, which contains the investigation’s results, to the prosecutors, who ultimately decide whether or not it should go for a trial. Prosecutors said cleric Ba’asyir faced multiple charges under terrorism law.

“The harshest allegation is that he incited others to commit crimes of terrorism, which carries the death penalty,” South Jakarta prosecutors’ office chief Mohammed Yusuf said. “We want to try him very quickly,” he said.


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