Muslim cleric Bashir charged in Bali bombings

Prosecutors in Indonesia have charged militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings that killed some 200 tourists and nightclub workers. On Friday, as previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, Bashir was also charged with involvement in last year's deadly bombing of a Marriot hotel in Jakarta. Indonesian prosecutors allege that one of the convicted Bali bombers, Amrozi, had asked Bashir for permission to carry out the Bali attacks; noting that more than half the so far identified Bali bombers were graduates of the Islamic boarding school he founded and ran until his arrest two years ago, prosecutors allege that at the very least he knew about the upcoming attacks and could have stopped them. His trial is expected to begin in approximately two weeks. BBC News has more.

 

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