» 08/19/2010, 00.00
Muslim cleric Ba’asyir funded terrorism in Aceh
Documents showing cleric’s involvement are found. Jailed terror suspect, Ubaid Lutfi Haedaroh, says Abu Bakar Ba’asyir paid out almost US$ 120,000 to extremist organisations. Money reached Haedaroh but also Dulmatin, Indonesia’s number one terror suspect.
Arrested on terrorism charges, Abu Bakar Baasyr could get the death penalty
The controversial cleric, accused in the past of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings, is accused again under Indonesia’s anti-terrorism legislation. The accused rejects the charges and members of his organisation call the evidence, propaganda by the “United States and Israel”.
Terror suspect Baasyr refuses to speak, claiming police questions are haram, prohibited
Abu Bakar Baasyr accuses investigators of complicity with the United States and Israel. Police claims it has evidence of the cleric’s guilt. In his hometown of Solo, Muslim demonstrators clamour his arrest will “draw God’s wrath”.
Aceh gives a hero’s welcome to former ‘Enemy Number 1’ Hasan Tiro
After almost 30 years of exile, the leader of the Free Aceh Movement sets foot on his native soil, given a hero’s welcome by citizens and local government authorities alike. In his speech he stresses the value of “peace’ and “liberty” urging the last rebel forces to give up their weapons.
Three die in anti-terror raid, one masterminded Bali massacre
Security forces carry out an operation in the Pamulang area, on the outskirts of the capital. Dulmatin, a terrorist nicknamed “The Genius”, is thought to be among them. Trained in Afghanistan, he was active throughout South-East Asia. The Indonesian government toughens its anti-terror campaign a few days before an official visit by Barak Obama. Hard-line Muslims attack the US leader, not a true friend of Islam.
Hasan Tiro, leader of Aceh’s independence struggle, is dead
He was Indonesia’s Public Enemy Number One for a long time. Only yesterday, he had his Indonesian citizenship restored. His declaration of independence in 1976 unleashed a bloody civil war that left thousands of people dead. After years in exile in Sweden, he came back to his native land in 2008 upon invitation of President Yudhoyono.
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