The Jakarta Post reports that Bashir will be sharing a prison with singer Singer Nazriel Irham, aka Ariel Peterpan,Â who has been charged under the pornography law for allegedly featuring in sex videos with presenters Luna Maya and Cut Tari. (Courier Mail)
- Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has praised the arrest of radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.
Bashir ‘in three terrorism training videos’
TOM ALLARD, JAKARTA / THE AGE
ABU Bakar Bashir appears in at least three videos about the training of a terrorist group in an extraordinary breach of security by the alleged jihadists that will likely later be used against the firebrand cleric in court.
Marwoto Soeto, a police spokesman, said the videos, taken by Bashir’s accomplices, show him talking with five members of his organisation about training activities in Aceh and around Jakarta.
Bashir is accused of involvement in a series of car bomb attacks in Jakarta. Bashir remained tight-lipped over his alleged role in terror plots with Al-Qaeda-linked militants three days after his arrest, police said Thursday.
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The predilection to videotape themselves, contrary to all notions of security for clandestine organisations, shows the 21st-century mania for filming almost everything seems to have infected the alleged terrorist cell. Indeed, in one of the videos, Bashir is shown watching another video of the training in Aceh, said senior commissioner Marwoto. ”Bashir knew he was being taped,” he added.
Bashir – infamous for his anti-Western rants, praise of violent jihadists and ability to avoid being pinned for the 2002 Bali bombings – was arrested on Monday after a long police investigation. He has been accused of leading a terrorist cell based in Aceh, organising its financing, appointing its senior commanders and ”blessing” it.
Late yesterday, he was described by police as the emir of the group that named itself al-Qaeda in Indonesia. It has previously been referred to as al-Qaeda in Aceh.
Bashir has denied the allegations, and is refusing to co-operate with police. He has yet to be charged, although he has been formally named as a terrorism suspect and police say he could face the death penalty. Most analysts regard such a sentence as highly unlikely, though, as the cell never launched any mass casualty attacks.
Mardigu, an Indonesian terrorism analyst who works closely with the country’s counter-terrorism forces, said Bashir may have overseen the operation from on high but was unlikely to have detailed knowledge of targets.
”A death sentence is only for doers, not thinkers or ideologists like him. I think he will get about nine years’ imprisonment,” said Mardigu.
Among the alleged targets of the group were Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Indonesian police centres in and around Jakarta.
The Australian, US and Danish embassies in Jakarta were also on a wishlist of possible targets, although there was no concrete planning to execute any attacks on them.
Two luxury hotels in the capital were also mentioned as possible targets.