Malaysian terror suspects held in Guantanamo Bay to go on trial on Monday (Aug 30)

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  • Sunday, 29 Aug 2021

From left: Hambali, Mohammed Nazir Lep and Mohammed Farik Amin.

PETALING JAYA: Two Malaysians linked to deadly bombings in Indonesia 19 years ago will be indicted at the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday (Aug 30).

Mohammed Nazir Lep, 45, and Mohammed Farik Amin, 46, have been detained at the detention camp in Cuba since 2006 with the alleged mastermind of the bombings, Indonesian Encep Nurjaman, also known as Hambali.

According to the US Office of Military Commissions, that the three had been scheduled to be arraigned before a military court at the naval base in February, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The group, with support from al-Qaeda, allegedly carried out bombings of tourist nightclubs in Bali on Oct 12, 2002, that killed 202, and the Aug 5, 2003, attack on the JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta that left 12 dead and scores injured.

Nazir and Farik were said to be top Hambali aides in Jemaah Islamiyah and trained by al-Qaeda, according to Guantanamo case documents.

Nazir and Farik face nine charges, while Hambali faces eight, in relation to their alleged roles in the terror attacks, a charge sheet by the commission stated.

All three were charged with conspiracy, attempted murder, murder, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, terrorism, destruction of property, and attacking civilians and civilian objects.

In January, the charges were filed nearly 18 years after the three were captured in Thailand and after each had spent more than 14 years in the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay.

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