Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A magnet Indonesian radical calls for bin Laden's 'holy warrior'

The Indonesian radical imam and spiritual leader of terrorist group Yemma Islamiyah, Abu Bakar Bashir, has called Osama Bin Laden today's "holy warrior." This influential imam, considered the radical Islamist movement's spokesman in Indonesia, has carried out this statement during his appearance before a Jakarta court to try him for supporting the creation of a terrorist group in the province of Aceh, hit on 26 December 2004 by a powerful tsunami in the far north of the island of Sumatra.

Among his plans included attacking Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and establish a state governed by Islamic law. 72 years old, Abu Bakar Bashir has said that "if it really has died and his face has been disfigured, it is an honor decided by Allah, and that those who die in an act of holy war will be greatly rewarded" This religious leader, has gone to court in Jakarta to hear the motion of life imprisonment which the prosecution claims their relationship with a series of attacks in the past decade in the largest Muslim country in the world, including Bali which killed 202 people, has been compared also with Bin Laden.

He asserted that this process will become "an icon" and that the tight security "make me feel like the Obama of Indonesia," according to The Jakarta Post daily on its website. The former firebrand of the Yemma Islamiya, the group considered the link to Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia and now defunct, has conducted these statements to confirm the presence of more than 2,000 police around the court which tried him.

The prosecution has requested that Abu Bakar Bashir is sentenced to life imprisonment for helping to finance a paramilitary training camp in the region of Aceh. According to some sources, participants in these facilities were preparing to commit terrorist attacks, including attacking the president of Indonesia, and destabilize the country.

This movement has been virtually eradicated by the Indonesian anti-terrorist forces, which in recent months has developed a series of operations that have detained more than a hundred suspects and confiscated weapons and explosives. In these actions, the security forces shot dead a fortnight of suspected terrorists, including its alleged chief.

Following the demise of the Yemma Islamiya, founded in 1995 and whose ultimate goal was to create an Islamic caliphate in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and southern Thailand and the Philippines, Abu Bakar Bashir was created in 2008, a new movement called Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid, which also advocates the creation of a large Islamic state in Southeast Asia.

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