Indonesia's radical cleric on trial for terrorism

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February 14, 2011 08:41

 
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JAKARTA — Indonesia's best-known radical cleric went on trial Monday on charges of setting up a terror cell accused of plotting high-profile assassinations and attacks on foreigners in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Abu Bakar Bashir, 72, faces a maximum penalty of death if found guilty.

Bashir was accused of helping set up, fund, arm and mobilize foot soldiers for a new terror cell that was uncovered one year ago in westernmost Aceh province.

Police say al-Qaida-in-Aceh was planning Mumbai-style attacks on Western hotels and embassies and several high profile assassinations, including on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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