Witness: Bombings linked to JI


  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The bombings at several churches in Indonesia as well as the bombings in Bali last year had links with the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group led by Abubakar Bashir, said a JI member. 

Ahmad Sajuli Abdul Rahman, 41, a JI member, said he came to know of this after Hambali, who is said to be one of those behind the bombings, was sought by the Indonesian authorities. 

The businessman, who is a permanent resident in Malaysia and is now detained under the Internal Security Act, said this at the trial of Abubakar via video conferencing at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here. 

Abubakar, 64, is facing charges in the Jakarta Central Court of leading a regional terrorist network, the JI, and masterminding several terrorist activities in Indonesia. 

However, his lawyers in Jakarta have boycotted the trial through video conference, saying that there was no guarantee that the witnesses were not coerced to give the evidence against him. 

His chief counsel Mohamad Assegaf and his team of eight lawyers staged a walkout last week in their attempt to stop the court from hearing evidence through the same method from witnesses, said to be JI members from Singapore. 

Bernama correspondent in Jakarta Openg Onn Net reported that at the onset of the trial, Abubakar made a personal application to leave the courtroom saying that the hearing was of no use as he could not confront the witnesses to crosscheck their testimonies, thus affecting the quality of their evidence. 

 

He said he had always supported the investigation process from the police, right up to the court to uphold justice but “I could not accept the hearing through the video conference as it is against human rights.” 

 

Justice Muhammad Salleh, who heads a three-judge panel, refused the request and ordered the video conference to continue. 

Abubakar had denied that he knew about the JI. – Bernama  

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