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Indonesian cleric goes on trial for hotel bombing

[JURIST] The trial of Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir began Thursday on charges stemming from last year's hotel bombing in Jakarta. Bashir, who is alleged to be the spiritual leader of militant Islamic network Jemaah Islamiah, faces multiple charges including conspiring, planning and inciting acts of terrorism, using his position to influence and persuade others and withholding information. If convicted, Bashir could face the death penalty. After the charges against Bashir was read, the trial was adjourned until November 4. BBC News has more on the start of trial and background on Bashir's legal battles. The Jakarta Post has local coverage.

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