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Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir gets sentence reduced A radical Islamic cleric accused of setting up a terror training camp in western Indonesia had his prison sentence slashed from 15 years to 9 years, an appeals court said Wednesday. No reason was given for the decision.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 October 2011 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 3 school board members wanted for terrorism after bomb blast Three board members from the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast over two weeks ago killed one person, are still wanted for their involvement in terrorist attacks, officials said Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 06:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic boarding school principal named terror suspect Indonesian National Police on Saturday officially announced the arrest of the principal of the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast two weeks ago killed one person, and named him a terror suspect.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 July 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest Islamic boarding school prinicipal after bomb blast Indonesian police on Friday arrested the principal of the Islamic boarding school where a bomb explosion killed one person last Monday, officials said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 July 2011 01:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter Islamic boarding school 2 days after bomb blast Two days after a bomb explosion in an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia killed one person, police were finally able to enter school grounds after struggling with armed students, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 July 2011 02:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir sentenced 15 years Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in prison for his role in a terrorist cell, which was linked to the organization that carried out the 2002 Bali bombings, prosecutors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 June 2011 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors: life sentence for Bashir over terrorist cell Indonesian prosecutors on Monday announced that they recommended life sentence for Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in a terrorist cell, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2011 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Twelve arrested over book bomb attacks Indonesian police on Monday said twelve terrorist suspects linked to the book bomb package are being held under custody.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 April 2011 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising religious violence in Indonesia gaining national attention In Indonesia religious violence has been on the rise for the past few years but the recent brutal attack on the Ahmadiyah sect has focused national attention on the problem. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for disbanding any Muslim groups involved in violence.

Posted in Religion @ 17 February 2011 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Abu Bakar Bashir was banker for terrorists' Abu Bakar Bashir is suspected to have given money for the training of terrorists in Aceh province in Indonesia. The public prosecutor has announced this on the first day of the trial against Bashir, earlier today in the South Jakarta district court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2011 08:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'We will shoot at protests near Bashir trial court' The police in Greater Jakarta has announced that it will use their firearms if demonstrations outside the South Jakarta court building get out of control. Today is the second day of the hearings of terrorist suspect Abu Bakar Bashir, a high-profile case. However the first ring of police is not armed, the second ring is, said police spokesperson Baharudin Djafar.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2011 02:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails another 10 people linked to Aceh terror group Ten Indonesians linked to the terrorist paramilitary camp in the country's Aceh province were sentenced on Thursday from 8 to 10 years in a Jakarta court, prosecutors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 December 2010 03:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven Indonesian men sentenced to prison for terrorism Seven Indonesians linked with the Aceh terror group have been sentenced for targeting foreigners and government leaders, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 December 2010 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir taken to hospital amidst tight security Indonesian terrorist suspect and Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was transported to a Jakarta hospital in an armored vehicle on Monday amidst tight security, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2010 05:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests four suspected terrorists linked to Tholut and Bashir Indonesian authorities on Tuesday announced the arrest of four more suspected terrorists following the capture of Abu Tholut, one of Indonesia's most wanted terrorists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic cleric faces death penalty on terrorism charges An Indonesian Islamic cleric now faces the death penalty after new terror charges were brought against him, officials said on Monday. 72-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir, who is the suspected leader of a terrorist paramilitary training facility in the Aceh province of Sumatra, has been charged with at least five articles within Indonesia's anti-terrorism laws.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 December 2010 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected treasurer of Indonesian terrorist group arrested in Java A suspected Indonesian terrorist, believed to be a treasurer of the Jamaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) branch in Solo, was arrested in central Java, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2010 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir arrested on terrorism charges A lawyer says radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been arrested on charges of terrorism. Muhammad Ali says his client was taken in early Monday for alleged involvement with a new militant network in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh. Ali said Monday's arrest took place in West Java's Ciamis district.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 August 2010 05:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twelve suspected terrorists arrested in Jakarta region The anti terror unit of the Indonesian national police, Densus 88, has arrested a number of suspected terrorists yesterday and earlier today. This happened in a number of separate raids in the last 24 hours. The raids were held in Jakarta and Bekasi, directly east of the Indonesian capital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 May 2010 08:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim residents almost force Bashir to leave The leader of the Islamic boarding school in Ngruki, Abu Bakar Bashir, was almost forced to leave a village near the city of Serang in West Java early this morning. Some fifty residents of Kaujon village visited the residence of Mamah Suhaemi, a former leader of the Mujahidin Council of Indonesia, where Bashir spent the night.

Posted in Religion @ 01 November 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims declare fight against terrorism Some 5.000 Muslims from several districts in the Surakarta region gathered yesterday to declare their fight against terrorism. A number of Islamic organizations and leaders of boarding schools gathered on the central square of Kotabarat to denounce acts of terrorism which have already killed hundreds in Indonesia alone in the past decade.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 September 2009 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Xenophobic Bashir against Israel trading office in Indonesia One of the most well-known and renowned xenophobic persons in Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir, has reacted in horror to the news that Israel is said to have opened a trading office in Indonesia, Jakarta to be more exact. Bashir has demanded that president Yudhoyono 'expels those Zionists from Indonesia'.

Posted in Religion @ 16 August 2009 05:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 2 The JI was established as a loose confederation of several Islamic groups. Sometime around 1969, two men, Abu Bakar Bashir,and Abdullah Sungkar, began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement, a conservative strain of Islam. Darul Islam was almost eliminated in the 1950s after members belonging to that sect instigated a rebellion in an effort to create an Islamic state in parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 1 Jemaah Islamiyah ("Islamic Congregation"), or simply JI, is a Southeast Asian militant Islamic organization dedicated to the establishment of an Islamic State in Southeast Asia incorporating Indonesia, Malaysia, the southern Philippines, Singapore and Brunei. JI was added to the United Nations 1267 Committee's list of terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda or the Taliban on 25 October 2002 under UN Security Council Resolution 1267.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leaders of islamic groups condemn terrorist attacks In the last few days it has become clear that the idea to blow up the restaurants of the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz-Carlton Hotel might have originated from the Malaysian terrorist-on-the-run Noordin Mohammad Top, which is related to the Southeast Asian terrorist network of Jemaah Islamiyah. Also some pesantren (islamic boarding school) in Central Java are closely watched for their possible connection to that person.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of supporters clash with police Thousands of people gathered for the funerals of three Indonesians executed on Sunday for the 2002 Bali bombings, sparking clashes between police and emotional supporters. The three men from the group Jemaah Islamiah, Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Mukhlas, 48, and Amrozi, 46, were executed by firing squad in central Java shortly after midnight, claiming to want to die as "martyrs" and having shown no remorse for the attacks.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2008 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah leader accuses Bashir of undermining unitary state of Indonesia The head of the Ahmadiyah, Paninggilan Gunawan Ahmad, does not agree with the words of Abu Bakar Bashir that members of the Ahmadiyah movement should not be allowed to have identity cards that state that they are Islamic. He said that the "leader of the Koranic school in Ngruki is a crazy person. A mad man talking." According to Ahmad, decisions like this should always originate from the government so people should not take it serious at all.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2008 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Islamic cleric Bashir likens tourists to 'maggots' Hardline Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has compared tourists to "worms, snakes, maggots" and called for signs to be placed in Muslim areas warning them to dress modestly, a report said Monday. The preacher made the comments in a speech to an Islamic youth organisation in east Java in October. "Worms, snakes, maggots - those are animals that crawl. Take a look at Bali... those infidel tourists. They are naked," he said.

Posted in Religion @ 24 March 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia defends JI leader's acquittal The Indonesian supreme court's acquittal of militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, on charges of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings should be respected, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday. "Indonesia can understand all reactions regarding the supreme court's decision on Bashir," a statement said.

Posted in General @ 23 December 2006 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia overturns Bashir's conviction Indonesia overturned a terror conviction Thursday against the militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who served 2 1/2 years for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people. The Supreme Court ruling is likely to anger the United States and its regional ally Australia, both of which publicly accused the aging cleric of being a top leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked Southeast Asian terror group.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir: 'Let Christians celebrate Christmas' adical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, head of the Indonesian Mujaheddin Council (MMI), on Saturday urged Indonesian Muslims not to "disturb" Christians, and not to take part in any celebrations during the Christmas season, local media reported. "Obviously, Indonesian Muslims are not allowed to disturb, or join in any Christmas celebration, such as congratulate Christians or help them during Christmas," Abu Bakar Bashir was quoted as saying by Detik.Com, a Jakarta-based online news provider.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Omran held talks with JI leader Bashir in Indonesia Melbourne cleric Mohammed Omran held talks with Jemaah Islamiah spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia as part of a longstanding alliance between groups headed by the two men. The meeting, which followed earlier talks between the pair in Melbourne, was revealed to the Australian Federal Police in a written account provided by one of Sheik Omran's followers, who was later arrested on terrorism charges.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2006 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia militant cleric targets steamy TV shows Indonesian TV shows that feature scantily dressed women are more dangerous than bombs, a militant Muslim cleric who served a jail term for links to the Bali bombings was quoted as saying on Wednesday. Abu Bakar Bashir said local television stations should offer more religious programs instead of showing half-naked women.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia trims sentences for Bali bombing convicts At least 10 people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut on Thursday to mark Indonesia's independence day, allowing one of them to walk free from prison. Australia said victims and their families would be upset by the decision. Most of those killed were foreign tourists, including 88 Australians.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 15:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir addresses quake survivors Abu Bakar Bashir has blamed Indonesians' "damaged morals" for the devastating earthquake that hit Java last month and urged the government to implement Islamic law. In his first major public appearance since his release from prison after serving 26 months for conspiring in the Bali bombings, the militant cleric addressed around 1,000 people outside the headquarters of his hardline Islamic organisation in Yogyakarta.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2006 17:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir to be freed within days An Indonesian militant cleric jailed in connection with a 2002 Bali bombing will be free in a week, said a top Indonesian official. Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin said Tuesday that Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, would be released on June 14. Bashir has served 26 months of a 30-month sentence after being convicted of conspiracy in the nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including two Canadians.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 June 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may fingerprint Islamic pupils Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla is calling for the fingerprinting of 3.5 million Islamic boarding school students. The move has sparked outrage across the archipelago, the Australian reported Monday. There are about 15,000 Islamic boarding schools across Indonesia. They have been on the defensive since the second Bali bombings in October, with the Indonesian Government taking steps to crack down on the schools.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir excluded from sentence cuts The Indonesian Government has refused the jailed extremist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a further reduction of his sentence. Bashir is serving 30 months in jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bar bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. On major holidays Indonesia normally reduces sentences of prisoners who have shown good behaviour, and Bashir has benefited from such cuts.

Posted in Politics @ 03 November 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to reduce jail terms of 27 Bali bombing convicts Indonesia will reduce the jail terms of 27 convicts of the bombing attacks on Bali Island in 2002, government officials said Friday. The government will cut the prison terms on Nov 3, which coincides with the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday that falls on Nov 3-4, the officials said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 October 2005 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 18 reactions


Indonesia to monitor Muslim boarding schools Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, will monitor Islamic boarding schools as part of its effort to fight militant violence and suicide bombings, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. Indonesia has been racked by a spate of bomb attacks in recent years, including one on the tourist island of Bali this month in which 23 people died, including three suicide bombers.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 24 reactions


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian bombmakers key Bali suspects Two Malaysians accused of orchestrating the bombings in Bali three years ago are suspected of having a hand in the latest terrorist attack on the Indonesian island. However, Malaysian authorities claimed to have eradicated terrorist cells in the country. Indonesian authorities believe terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is behind the suicide blasts that ripped through the popular tourist destination Saturday night, killing 26 people including three Australians.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 October 2005 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Indonesia cuts Bashir sentence An Indonesian court has cut a 30-month sentence handed to militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in the Bali bombings by more than four months, a prison official said today. "He received a remission of four months and 15 days," Dedi Sutardi, the head of Cipinang penitentiary, said at a press conference to announce remissions for 2000 prisoners to mark Indonesia's Independence Day today.

Posted in Politics @ 17 August 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court upholds verdict on cleric Bashir An Indonesian high court has upheld a guilty verdict and two and a half year sentence handed to Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for involvement in the 2002 Bali blasts that killed 202 people, an official said on Monday. Bashir now has the option of appealing to the Supreme Court. His lawyers could not be reached for immediate comment.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 May 2005 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ba'ashir found guilty of Bali bomb plot Fiery Muslim preacher Abu Bakar Bashir was found guilty of an "evil conspiracy" to commit the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings by an Indonesian court on Thursday and sentenced to two and a half years in jail. But the court found the 66-year-old cleric not guilty of involvement in the 2003 bombing of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Jakarta that killed 12 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir faces trial over Jakarta hotel bombing Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged spiritual leader of Southeast Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, faces trial today for criminal involvement in terrorist activities, the presiding judge said. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. Jakarta time in a special compound at the Agriculture Ministry in South Jakarta, to accommodate anticipated crowds, Judge Soedarto said in a telephone interview. Mahendradatta, Bashir's lawyer, didn't answer calls made to his cellular phone.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Indonesia may ban al Qaeda linked group Indonesia will outlaw an al Qaeda-linked group blamed for deadly bombings in Southeast Asia if its existence can be proved and if its members are involved in terrorist activities, the new president said. In an interview with Time magazine, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would review steps being taken to deal with terrorism and with the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia welcomes release of hostages in Iraq Indonesia has today welcomed the release of two of its nationals who had been held hostage in Iraq, and reiterated earlier warnings for all its citizens to immediately leave the war-torn country. “This is a happy ending,” Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said. “Often cases like this end in disaster.” The two women, Rosidah binti Anan and Rafikan binti Aming, were handed over to the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Baghdad last night.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric Bashir steps closer to charges Militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused of leading the al-Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group, should face formal charges soon after police handed him over to prosecutors on Wednesday. The charges would be a key step forward in Indonesia's efforts to bring to trial the man authorities believe inspired the militants who bombed nightclubs on the island of Bali in 2002 and Jakarta's J.W. Marriott Hotel last year.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt won't charge Bashir over Bali bombs Indonesia won't charge the cleric Abu Bakar Bashir in connection with the Oct. 12, 2002, bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, the Associated Press reported today, citing Detective Chief Suyitno Landung.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says will proceed with Bashir case Indonesia said on Monday it would continue with plans to prosecute Abu Bakar Bashir, suspected spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, despite a court ruling curbing anti-terrorism laws. Bashir, 65, is in detention waiting for prosecutors to bring formal charges against him. He was detained on April 30 after spending 18 months in jail for minor immigration offences.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta replaces police chiefs over bloody campus raid A top police figure on Indonesia's Sulawesi island is being replaced after a violent police raid on a university protest against the arrest of a militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, officials said Sunday. National Police Chief General Da'i Bachtiar told reporters that South Sulawesi provincial police chief Inspector General Yusuf Manggabarani was being recalled on orders from President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Violence @ 03 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes as Muslim cleric re-arrested on terrorism charges Supporters of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir clashed with police outside a Jakarta prison in an effort to prevent his re-arrest as a terrorism suspect at the end of his jail term yesterday.The violence came as police said they had a stronger case against the alleged south-east Asian terrorist leader than 18 months ago, when he was tried for treason but convicted only on immigration violations.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police re-arrest Bashir, clash with supporters Indonesian police arrested Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir as a terror suspect on Friday as he walked out of jail after serving time for lesser charges while his supporters hurled rocks and firebombs at police. Bashir, accused head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, was released on Friday after 18 months in prison for immigration offences but was served with an arrest warrant and detained as he left the jail in central Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS leader defends visiting Ba'asyir The head of an Indonesian Islamist party that did well in recent legislative polls said on Sunday he visited militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir in jail because the United States was intervening in the case. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid said he visited Ba'asyir at a Jakarta prison on Saturday because he believed the rule of law in Indonesia was not being respected.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police declare Bashir terror suspect Indonesian police have named Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a terror suspect and are focusing on possible links to the Bali blasts and his alleged leadership of an Al Qaeda-linked militant group, officials said on Friday. The 65-year-old Bashir is in jail for immigration offences and is due to be freed on April 30, but the latest legal moves would allow police to keep him under detention.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists go mainstream in election As the band launches into the popular 1980s song "The Final Countdown" by rock group Europe, several thousand Indonesians at an election rally in central Java start cheering. They join in as a speaker on stage exhorts them to chant -- not the words of the song -- but Allahu Akbar (God is greatest). Welcome to a rally for one of Indonesia's most conservative Islamist parties, the Prosperous Justice Party. Instead of pushing Islamic issues, party leaders promise to tackle graft and the economy. Along with Islamic prayers and strident condemnation of Israel, there is Western music.

Posted in Elections @ 29 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says Bashir not a terrorist The Indonesian Government says there is no evidence to label Abu Bakar Bashir, a Muslim clerk and alleged spiritual leader of a radical Muslim group, as a terrorist. The statement comes after international criticism over a reduction of his prison term that will allow for his release next month.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Several Indonesia Islamic schools preach hard line Crowded around the dusty courtyard of a conservative Islamic boarding school in Indonesia's East Java province, the 20 fresh-faced students hang on their fiery principal's every word. It was God who gave permission for the bomb blasts that tore apart two nightclubs on Bali island a year ago killing 202 people, said Zakaria, calling the bars a sinful "hell" on earth. Some of the suspected bombers were his friends and taught here at the al-Islam school, added the bearded preacher, before steering the conversation to his hatred toward the United States.

Posted in Religion @ 07 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Imam Samudra found guilty in Bali bombings An Indonesian court has found an Islamic militant guilty of masterminding the Bali nightclub bombings which killed 202 people last October. The sentence will be announced later - the Afghan-trained fighter faces the death penalty. Prosecutors said Imam Samudra commanded the group which carried out the attacks, selecting recruits and raising funds.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends Bashir's 4-year term Indonesia defended its court's decision to impose a four-year sentence on radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, saying that it had been tough on terrorism by putting him on trial and allowing the legal process to take its course. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda also said it was premature for foreign critics to launch their attacks as the case is subject to appeal.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hotel blast toll rises The death toll from last week's blast at Jakarta's JW Marriott Hotel rose to 11 yesterday as state media pointed to another link tying the bombing to the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) regional terror network. Edi Heryanto, a taxi driver who was severely burned in the explosion, became the latest victim when he died at Jakarta's Cipto Mangun-kusumo general hospital, staff at the hospital said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's smiling bomber sentenced to death For many, he is the smiling face of radical Islam in Indonesia. In front of the world's media just weeks after the Bali bombings, Amrozi caused outrage overseas when he told police of his delight at hearing about the worst terror act since the September 2001 strikes on the United States. On Thursday, as he sat down to face his judges, he praised God and shouted "burn, burn the Jews".

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors seek death for key Bali bomb suspect Indonesian prosecutors on Monday urged a court to impose the death penalty on a young Muslim militant for playing a lead role in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mainly foreigners partying in nightclubs. The sentencing demand for Imam Samudra is the second sought for more than 30 Indonesian Muslim militants arrested for the October 12 attacks.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: JI 'very likely' planning new attacks Indonesia has warned that the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah is "very likely" to be planning fresh attacks in the region. The unusually blunt warning by Indonesia's chief security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono comes two days after a bomb exploded at Indonesia's Parliament building and a senior JI operative escaped from jail in the Philippines.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails Singapore Muslim militant An Indonesian court has jailed the alleged Singapore chief of a radical Muslim network, who has admitted to plans to attack U.S. facilities in the city state, for immigration offences, an official said on Tuesday. Mulianto, a senior official at the Dumai court in Riau province on Sumatra island, said Mas Selamat Kastari was convicted on Monday and given an 18-month sentence. Riau lies next to Singapore.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb injures 11 at Sukarno-Hatta Airport A bomb ripped through a crowded terminal at Jakarta's main airport Sunday, wounding 11 people and sending hundreds of passengers fleeing from the building. One of the wounded was seriously injured in the explosion, which occurred between a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and a ticket counter for Indonesia's national carrier, Garuda. It sent shards of broken window glass flying and tossed rows of chairs across the terminal.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb charges against Bashir dropped Alleged terror group leader Abu Bakar Bashir was handed over to prosecutors by Indonesian police today in preparation for his trial, but Bashir's lawyer said charges of masterminding a deadly anti-Christian bombing spree have been dropped. Police had earlier accused Bashir of planning the Christmas Eve 2000 bombing attacks on churches and priests, which killed 19 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 28 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil a second bombing A second terrorist attack by the Bali bombers has been prevented by Australian and Indonesian police. Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said a Jemaah Islamiyah plot to bomb a target in Indonesia late last year was uncovered by police from both countries during interviews with Bali bomb suspects Imam Samudra and Ali Imron.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 February 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda linked to McDonalds blast Indonesian police on Saturday searched a house linked to a possible al Qaeda suspect in their hunt for those behind two bomb blasts in Sulawesi, including one at a McDonald's restaurant that killed three people. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has stepped up its anti-terror drive since the October 12 Bali bombings that killed at least 191 people, about half of them foreigners.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia detains 4 in Bali bombings case Indonesian authorities detained four people in connection with the Bali bombings that killed nearly 200 people last month, police said Wednesday. Two men were picked up in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, on Tuesday, another was detained in the capital, Jakarta, and the fourth in the city of Medan on Sumatra island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scetches of suspects


Posted in Terrorism @ 30 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to release Bali suspect sketches today In a signal of progress in the case of the Bali bomb blasts that killed at least 184 people, Indonesian police plan to release sketches on Wednesday of possible suspects. "We are going to issue the sketches today both in Bali and Jakarta," Edward Aritonang, deputy national police chief, said. He told Reuters by telephone from Bali that the simultaneous release was scheduled for 2 p.m. (0600 GMT) Bali time.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian cleric taken from hospital amid clash Indonesian police removed a militant Muslim cleric suspected of regional terror links from his hospital bed in central Java on Monday as his supporters and security forces clashed outside. A police spokesman said Abu Bakar Bashir would be flown straight to Jakarta, where he faces questioning over several extremist acts in Indonesia, although not the October 12 bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 28 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police to release bomber sketches Police investigating the nightclub bombing that killed almost 200 people on the resort island of Bali were today working on sketches of possible suspects. And they confirmed that the attack bore the hallmarks of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Muslim militant group accused of ties to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia split over terror response Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's hand in fighting growing militancy in the country was strengthened yesterday after the two largest Muslim groups here backed her government's tough new anti-terrorism regulations. But the support from the Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah organisations was tempered with a warning to security forces: The law should not be used carte blanche against all Muslim radicals in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia on heightened alert Indonesia has heightened security nationwide amid fresh threats of terror attacks on key economic infrastructures following the Bali bombing tragedy, police have said. The increased security alert comes as intelligence reports point to further terrorist activity after the October 12 night of horror in Bali where more than 180 people were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Osama gave Bashir money for Bali bombs Osama Bin Laden sent money to Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiah, to buy C4, the powerful explosive used in the Bali bombings, according to a former top lieutenant of the Al-Qaeda leader. He said that £48,000 ($133,440) was transferred to the JI terror network - thought to be behind the attack in Bali that killed more than 180 people - from an account in the name of Sheikh Abu Abdullah Emirati, one of Osama's pseudonyms.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bomb case twist The spiritual leader of an Islamic militant group suspected by the U.S. of involvement in the Bali bombings checked into a hospital in his hometown and avoided questioning by police after praying yesterday for the safety of Osama bin Laden. Early today, Indonesia's government approved a new anti-terrorist decree that will give it more power to fight terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 October 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests Islamic leader Indonesia issued a tough anti-terror decree Saturday that would punish the Bali bombers with the death penalty, while the spiritual leader of an Islamic group suspected in the attack was arrested in connection with a spate of church bombings two years ago. Nearly a week after bombs exploded in a nightclub district on the resort island, killing at least 183 people and injuring more than 300, the world's most populous Muslim country appeared to be heeding months of calls to crack down on terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ailing Indon militant avoids questioning Despite the adoption of a tough new law that includes sweeping powers to detain suspected terrorists, police said Saturday they had postponed the interrogation of the alleged leader of a militant group suspected in last week's Bali nightclub bombing. "There has been no decision to forcibly take Abu Bakar Bashir to Jakarta for questioning,'' said Col. Hasyim Irianto, the chief of police in the town of Solo in central Java, where the Muslim cleric was hospitalized on Friday with breathing difficulties.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8 at center of Bali bomb probe Indonesian police focused the inquiry into the Bali nightclub bombing on a group of eight suspects, officials said, while the president won crucial parliamentary backing Thursday for an emergency anti-terrorism decree. Support from parliamentary leaders was considered necessary to give President Megawati Sukarnoputri the political room to issue the decree, which would give the government expanded power to fight terrorism but could put her on a collision course with Islamic extremists widely blamed for the bombings that claimed more than 180 lives Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men intensely questioned in Bali blasts U.S. diplomatic and intelligence officials say in the two weeks before the Bali bombings, they repeatedly passed threat information to the Indonesian government suggesting terrorists were planning attacks in that country, including attacks against "Western tourist sites." The most recent warning came just a day before the Saturday Bali blasts, U.S. government sources said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clues yet to emerge linking cleric to Bali bombs Picking through the charred ruins of the Sari nightclub, Indonesian investigators and FBI agents must wonder if they will stumble across a clue to the Bali bomb that will lead them to the door of a bespectacled Islamic cleric. Four days ago the names of Abu Bakar Bashir and the Jemaah Islamiah (Islamic Community) -- of which some foreign intelligence agencies say he is the spiritual leader -- were little known outside Southeast Asia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defence minister blames al-Qaida for Bali bombing Indonesia's defense minister blamed al-Qaida and its extremist allies for the massive bomb attack that killed more than 180 people at a nightclub on the resort island of Bali. "We are sure al-Qaida is here," Matori Abdul Djalil said after a Cabinet meeting in Jakarta. "The Bali bomb blast is related to al-Qaida with the cooperation of local terrorists."

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 October 2002 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia was warned to act on terror threats The bombings on Bali followed months of warnings and pleadings for Indonesia to act to prevent terror attacks. Indonesia's neighbors and terrorism experts have frequently voiced exasperation that in a region where Al-Qaida is known to be active -- and Indonesians are suspected of being ringleaders of affiliated networks -- the government in Jakarta has been slow to react.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric files slander lawsuit against Time magazine An Islamic preacher in Indonesia is filing legal suit against the American magazine Time because he says it slandered him by calling him a terrorist. Abu Bakar Bashir is suspected by the United States and some Asian governments of being a terrorist ringleader in Southeast Asia. Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir says the accusations made against him in Time magazine are "lies and slander."

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British, Canadian embassies in Indonesia issue alert The Canadian and British embassies have joined the U.S. Embassy in warning their citizens traveling to two tourist areas in Indonesia to be vigilant, saying Westerners may be targets of violence. The notices issued Friday followed a similar warning Thursday night to American citizens living in Indonesia and follows the closure last week of the U.S. and British embassies in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grapples with Islamic law Women in miniskirts gyrate in all-night discotheques, where designer drugs circulate as freely as alcohol. Friday, the Islamic sabbath, is a regular work day. Pork is widely available in restaurants and supermarkets. These and other violations of Islamic law - or sharia - are the norm in Indonesia, the world's largest Islamic country, where secularism has long held sway in national legislation. Although some religious parties asked for sharia law to be included among a set of constitutional amendments adopted Saturday by lawmakers, the measure was dropped because of overwhelming opposition within the national legislature.

Posted in Religion @ 15 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian groups press for Islamic law Muslim groups are upping the pressure on lawmakers here to introduce Islamic law in the country, with thousands taking to the streets in several cities yesterday calling for the Syariah to be incorporated in the Constitution. In Jakarta, members and supporters of 10 Muslim groups were led by clerics, including terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir, to the National Assembly (MPR), where they urged legislators to amend the Constitution and make Islamic law applicable to all Muslims. The groups were backed by Vice-President Hamzah Haz, who earlier in the day praised their movement in a speech marking the fourth anniversary of the radical Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI).

Posted in Religion @ 06 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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