Indonesian police unveil evidence of Bashir links on terror funding

20:38, August 13, 2010      

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Indonesian police has found evidence that Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir implicates on fund raising to finance a terror training in a camp in remote Aceh jungle, police spokesman Untung Yoga Ana said here on Friday, strengthening an allegation that the cleric involves in funding of the training.

Bashir, 71, was re-arrested on Monday in West Java and charged with funding and managing the exercise for terror plots.

The spokesman said that the funds collected worth about 1 billion rupiah (some 111,500 U.S. dollars).

But, he said the funds were not collected from the three men, including one Indonesian, arrested on Wednesday in Malaysia. They are suspected on donation for the training, according to a source quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

"There was an activity of raising funds to finance the training in Aceh. The amount of money collected is nearly 1 billion rupiah. There is a link of this with ABB (Abu Bakar Bashir)," he told Xinhua over phone.

Bashir has been under police detention, he refused to answer his interrogation.

Police said they will speed up filing Bashir case to the Attorney General Office should the cleric keep silence.

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

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

Police would soon bring 66 out of 102 people arrested from the camp to court, another police spokesman Edward Aritonang has said.

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 conspiration in Bali bombing. He was released after spending 26 months in jail. In 2003, he was acquitted of terrorism charges for the Bali bombings. He was automatically rearrested and charged with conspiracy and was ultimately convicted of a minor passport violation.

But after he spent 26 months in jail, his conviction was overturned. On his release, he toured Indonesia making impassioned speeches denouncing foreigners and demanding the creation of a single Islamic state carved out of Indonesia, the southern Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia.

Source: Xinhua


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