“The decision was made after hearing at least 30 witnesses who said that Ba’asyir was not involved in those deadly attacks”, said German Hoediarto, who chaired the supreme court hearings. The written ruling will be issued in the near future.
For Adiwinoto, the court “was unwise to clear [Ba’asyir] . . . but its decision was likely due to legal evidence that made our efforts in vain”. And yet “the Polri,” he added, “still considers him guilty. Its conviction is based on solid evidence that justified holding him for 2.5 years in jail.”
“It was foretold as God’s own will (to clear him),” Baasyir said upon hearing the Court’s decision, this according to Mahendradatta, one of the Muslim clergyman’s lawyers, who added that he would now seek full rehabilitation.
Among other things, it will be necessary to explain why Ba’asyir met convicted terrorists Amrozi and Mubarok before the
A bomb in a night club in
Ba’asyir is an important figure in the Indonesian Mujahiddin Council, a radical Islamic group that wants to impose Sharia Law in the country.
The clergyman steadfastly denied any involvement in the attacks but did acknowledge that in the 80s and 90s he knew and met many Muslim militants who attended al-Qaeda “training camps” in
Since his release in June, Ba’asyir has been involved in a intense anti-US and anti-Jewish campaign and has been promoting the idea of turning secular