Indonesia indicts cleric for 2003 hotel bombing

Indonesia Friday filed charges against Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his alleged involvement in a 2003 bombing at a Jakarta hotel that killed 14. Bashir is expected to be tried in about two weeks and, if convicted, could face the death penalty under the country's anti-terror laws. Bashir is alleged to be the spiritual leader of the militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, a group linked to al-Qaida and the deadly 2002 bombings at Bali. The cleric previously served a six-month prison term on treason charges. The charges against Bashir were widely anticipated after he was arrested by authorities last April. The Jakarta Post has background on the charges. AFP has more.

 

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