Alleged Jemaah Islamiyah leader denies links to Indonesia terror bombings Alexis Unkovic at 4:47 PM ET
[JURIST] One of two alleged leaders of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Wednesday denied involvement in a series of 2002 Bali night club bombings [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and other attacks allegedly committed by JI. At trial, Abu Dujana [BBC profile] blamed the media for spreading rumors that he was connected with the terror attacks. He and fellow alleged JI figure Zarkasih [BBC profile] first went to trial [JURIST report] in December on charges of training and equipping JI members and conspiracy to commit terrorism. Last week, Indonesian prosecutors recommended [JURIST report] that Zarkasih and Abu Dujana receive life sentences if convicted and asked the court to officially outlaw the group. It is not yet clear when the trial will conclude.
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