Indonesia, Bucktooth Bashir's Terror Trial: "The Prophet Mohammad also experienced this."

There are also updates on the Ahmadi murders below the fold……

Firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir silent at terror trial

The Australian

Just like his profit Muhammad: Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir arrives at court for trial on terrorism charges in Jakarta.

JIHADIST cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will be confronted by evidence from former key members of his movement on Monday, when prosecutors begin trying to prove he masterminded a terrorist plot to undermine the Indonesian state.

The third terrorism trial of the radical preacher, convicted of conspiracy over the 2002 Bali bombings but cleared on appeal, began under massive security yesterday. More than 1500 police, among them heavily armed tactical response officers, surrounded the South Jakarta District Court for Indonesia’s most important terrorism trials in recent years.

The hearing was adjourned almost immediately when the 72-year-old preacher, who has refused to answer anything but his name to police during six months’ detention, complained he had not been given proper notice of the hearing.

“My lawyer said a court summons needed to be received three times 24 hours (three days) before the court hearing,” he told chief judge Herry Swantoro.

“Therefore I reject today’s hearing.”

Bashir is an alleged co-founder of Jemaah Islamiah, the network responsible for the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings, but which, like other militant Islamic groups, has been splintered by an increasingly successful counter-terrorism campaign over the past five years.

He faces seven charges arising from the smashing last February of a militant training camp, then barely established under the banner of al-Qa’ida in Aceh.

Since the December arrest of Bashir’s former protege Abu Toluth, every senior and mid-ranking figure in the alleged Aceh conspiracy has been arrested or killed by Densus 88, the Indonesian counter-terrorism unit supported by the US and Australia.

If Bashir is convicted on the most serious charge, “planning or motivating others to commit terrorist acts”, he would face either execution or a mandatory life sentence.

The 32-person prosecution team, huge by local standards, will call more than 130 witnesses in a trial expected to take at least five months, seeking to portray the firebrand preacher as not just the Aceh conspiracy’s fundraiser and inspiration, but its leader.

Bashir, who will deny all charges, smiled broadly when brought to the packed courtroom where more than 50 members of his purportedly non-violent movement, Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid, chanted “Allah akbar” (God is great).

“I feel like normal,” he said.

“The Prophet Mohammad also experienced this.”

Mahendradatta, one of Bashir’s three lead lawyers, said outside the court the cleric knew nothing of the Aceh camp nor of any weapons training.

Police will tender as evidence allegedly seized from the camp five semi-automatic rifles, a machine pistol, magazines and 890 rounds of ammunition.

“In my opinion, this is revenge because the first and the second (trials) failed, so they are trying again,” the lawyer said. “I think Ustad (teacher) is the government’s No 1 target — I can smell more political reasons than legal.”

However, the prosecutors will deploy a mass of evidence, including the testimony of several former high-ranking JAT officials, to substantiate alleged trails of money and instructions from Bashir to the Aceh camp.

These witnesses are expected to include Haris Amir Falah, formerly head of JAT’s Jakarta chapter, who is believed to have started co-operating with police even before Bashir’s arrest on August 9. Another expected state witness is Lutfi Haidaroh, alias Ubaid, who allegedly acted as a money courier between Bashir, the “amir”, and the Aceh camp.

Bashir is alleged by prosecutors to have raised 1.039 billion rupiah (about $115,600) from his own group and sympathisers for a jihad intended to destabilise the Indonesian state, making way for Islamic law. “The goal for this terror action is to cause panic toward the society and the government in charge so that they split up to make it easy to take over power,” the prosecution cites from an alleged Bashir speech in 2009. The indictment asserts that the amir’s orders were “an interpretation of the orders and the will of God and his prophet . . . the system of the leadership of JAT is singular, not collective, and it is in the hands of the amir — every direction, rule, mechanism or institutional procedure . . . has to be approved by him

Blaming the victim: In wake of savage attack, Indonesian lawmakers call on Ahmadis to “repent,” or to be disbanded by government

More on this story. Note the utter lack of outrage at the brutality of the killings; it is taken for granted that the Ahmadis were inviting trouble by so rudely continuing to exist.

Adherence to the 2008 ban on their promoting their activities is, of course, in the eyes of the Muslim overlord beholder. Thus, the decree does create a climate of perpetual fear and is designed to do so, since simply to remain active in normal, daily life and identify oneself as a non-Muslim (as the Ahmadis are labeled by most mainstream Muslims) is to make a non-Islamic faith visible. This and other dhimma-type prohibitions on expressions of non-Islamic beliefs only set up excuses for later harassment and abuse.

“Religious Affairs Minister Defends Govt Decree vs Ahmadiyah,” by Dessy Sagita for theJakarta Globe, February 10 (thanks to JW):

Indonesian man who filmed Muslim lynching of Ahmadi in fear for life, goes into hiding

That video can be found here (thanks to Agus). Due to its obviously disturbing nature, YouTube requires viewers to create an account and sign in to go on record that they are of a minimum age.

The man is stripped, and obviously dead, but members of the Muslim crowd continue taking their turns at beating the body to the usual, frenzied shouts of “Allahu akbar!” There are children watching, too, and at 0:46, one hears a crowd of boys shout “Allahu akbar,” with several filming with mobile phones as a policeman arrives on the scene.

“Fears for man who filmed Indonesia mob attack,” from Agence France-Presse, February 11 (thanks to JW):

2 thoughts on “Indonesia, Bucktooth Bashir's Terror Trial: "The Prophet Mohammad also experienced this."”

  1. And our president believes that Indonesia is a tolerant Muslim country.
    Worthy of our good-will and trust.

  2. By the beard of bucktooth Bashir:

    Indonesia: Muslim who attacked church swore oath to obey jihad leader’s orders “based on the Koran and Sunnah”

    He swore to base his obedience to Abu Bakir Bashir (Baasyr in this story) on the Qur’an and Sunnah, and yet misunderstood the Religion of Peaceâ„¢ to the extent that he attacked a church. “Java: church attacker, spiritual son of the Islamic leader Baasyr,” by Mathias Hariyadi for Asia News, October 10 (thanks to JW):

    Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Beni Asri, one of the country’s best-known Islamic extremists, arrested after the attack on the Christian church of Solo (Java) last September, has admitted strong links with the leading Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Baasyr. (09/25/2011 At least three killed in a suicide attack on church in Indonesia). Beni Asri has been accused of planning several suicide bombings in Indonesia, and in particular of being the organizer of the attack against the Solo church. Beni Asri was arrested Sept. 30 in his parents’ house in Solok, West Sumatra province.
    Beni Asri…made a crucial testimony to Indonesian security services investigators who are trying to trace the roots of radical fundamentalism that is spreading among young people. Beni Asri confirmed he had been spiritually “baptized” by Abu Bakar Baasyr after a short course of prayers and Islamic teachings in Cirebon, West Java, in 2008….

    Syarif, the perpetrator of the suicide attack on the Cirebon Police Headquarters, was killed in the attack, which injured several officers. “Beni Asri was very committed, he followed the sermons held continuously by Abi Bakar Baasyr in the An Nur Mosque in Cirebon,” said a police spokesman, Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam. “Beni Asri received ‘baiat’ and his companion was Agung Nur Alam”. The “baiat” is a spiritual oath, professed by young novices in front of their spiritual director and teacher, after a period of intense preparation and physical and moral training. According to the spokesman, Beni Asri was to an extent “kidnapped” by Agung Nur Alasm, Syarif and a third person, Sueb, to bring him to Abu Bakir Baasyr.

    Beni Asri recieved “baiat” along with 15 other young unknown men. The only thing he remembers about that day and the “oath” is that he must “be loyal to all that the Amir (the spiritual leader, Ed) tells him to do, based on the Koran and Sunnah of the Prophet, in the effort to achieve the implementation of Sharia. ” After the “baiat” Beni Asri was as an active member of the Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (Jat), an organization founded by radical Muslim Abu Bakar Baasyr after having abandoned, , his former fundamentalist group, the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) after strong divisions.

    According to General Alam, Beni Asri was subjected to a brainwashing to inculcate a false idea of jihad (holy war spiritual) in a series of courses held by Baasyr in the Zaitun mosque of Cirebon. Considered the Amir of the Jemaah Islamiyah, Baasyr’s meetings, which were attended by about thirty young men.

    In what way was Bashir’s idea of jihad false? Why is the falsity of the jihadists’ version of Islam always asserted but never explained? If they swore an oath to do all that Bashir told them to do based on the Qur’an and Sunnah, why didn’t they ever notice the apparently abundant contradictions between what Bashir said to do and what the Qur’an and Sunnah said to do?

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