Firm shuts down website with video of beheading


  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 May 2004

By RASLAN SHARIF

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian Internet company, that hosted a website which posted the video of American Nicholas Berg’s beheading in Iraq, shut down the site yesterday. 

However, several other websites sympathetic to Islamic extremism remain hosted by the company. 

Acme Commerce Sdn Bhd manager Alfred Lim said the company was unaware it was hosting the website that posted the video. 

“We found out about it on an Internet forum,” said Lim, adding that the offending website was shut down immediately after claims posted on the forum were verified. 

The video entitled “Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi shown slaughtering an American,” displayed five hooded men involved in the beheading, which they said was in retaliation to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners detained by US forces in Iraq. 

The Star found yesterday that other websites supportive of known terrorists and terrorism were hosted unknowingly by Acme Commerce and remained active. 

“Here you get all the latest news about all the jihads around the world,” said the welcome page of the Maktab Al-Jihad website, which also carried what it claimed was “the complete text of Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s latest message to the Ummah” dated May 6 last year. 

Another website, Shaykh Abu Hamza and Supporters of Shareeah, charged that “the rulers of Muslim countries have apostated“ and argued “there is no reality to the claim of supporting the Shari’ah without standing firmly behind ... the various groups of mujahideen.” 

Some of the websites are in English or have English versions, like Supporters of Shareeah, which has content in Arabic, Bosnian and Albanian while other websites are only in Arabic. 

Lim said he was unaware that there were extremist websites hosted by Acme Commerce 

The company began offering hosting services in 1998 and claimed to have “experience managing 5,000 websites from over 45 countries.” 

Asked if Acme Commerce would shut down these websites as well, Lim said: “Of course.”  

Lim refused to say if the company had lodged a police report on the content of the website it had shut down, adding that he would answer more questions at a press conference soon. 

Acme Commerce’s status as a web-hosting site was listed in an Internet database compiled by a group calling itself the Anti-Terrorism Coalition (ATC). 

ATC’s so-called Database of Terrorist Websites and eGroups contains information on nearly 400 websites and Internet communities, including content summaries and hosting details.  

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