* Unfortunately for us all, Bucktooth Bashir is anything but radical: he is simply a good Muslim who takes his religion seriously…
RADICAL Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has used the anniversary of the Bali terrorist attacks to defend the bombers.Â Bashir says the bombings, which killed 202 people including 88 Australians, aimed to defend Muslims.Â
He told Fairfax media the bombers, who are on death row, will “die as martyrs”.
“If someone dies as a martyr he will get special treatment in the afterlife,” he said.Â
Bashir still speaks to the bombers – Imam Samudra, Mukhlas and Amrozi – behind bars.Â
Hundreds of survivors and relatives of those killed gathered at Sydney’s Coogee Beach yesterday, to remember the victims.Â
AÂ memorial serviceÂ was also held in Bali.Â
Dozens of people gathered on Kuta Beach for what’s become a tradition, paddling for peace, and forming a circle out to sea in honour of the victims.