Three accused of donating funds to terror training: Indonesian police

15:23, August 13, 2010      

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Three men captured in Malaysia on Wednesday are accused of donating funds to Indonesia's Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to run a militant training camp in Aceh in westernmost of Indonesia, police source was quoted by local media on Friday.

The detention was made following the rearrest of the cleric on Monday in West Java of Indonesia for allegation of funding and managing the terror training which was raided by police in February.

One of the men is Indonesian citizen, Mustawan Ahbab of 34 years who was arrested separately with two Malaysians, 70-year-old Sheikh Abdullah Sheikh Junaid and 34-year-old Samsul Hamidi on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur and eastern Pahang state, the Jakarta Post said.

Indonesian National Police spokesman Marwoto Soeto claimed to have early indications that Mustawan was part of the terrorist network run by Bashir. The spokesman said that he has been informed about the cleric's connection to Mustawan.

Bashir of 71 years old has used a video of training activity in the camp to lure friendly businessmen friends for donation, according to Police Chief of Detective Ito Sumardi.

The militant training had been conducted since last year and the police arrested most of the militants and shot dead some others in a crackdown earlier this year.

The cleric is known as the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah, which has links with the Al-Qaeda, and was a founder of the al- Mukmin boarding school at Ngruki in Solo.

In 2003, Bashir was acquitted from Bali bomber charge, he was then rearrested for a conspiratione in Bali bombing. He was released after spending 26 months in jail.

Source: Xinhua


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