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Indonesia prosecutors ask court for life sentences for Jemaah Islamiyah leaders

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors Wednesday recommended that two alleged leaders of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] be given life sentences if found guilty on terrorism charges. Prosecutors also asked the court to officially outlaw the group. Zarkasih and Abu Dujana [BBC profiles] went on trial [JURIST report] in December, charged with training and equipping JI members as well as conspiracy to commit terrorism.

Dujana, who was arrested [JURIST report] in June, has confessed to leading the JI's military wing, which has claimed responsibility for the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy [BBC report] in Jakarta and a series of 2005 Bali bombings [BBC report]. He has been charged with possessing explosives as well as assisting and harboring two men wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali night club bombings [GlobalSecurity backgrounder ; JURIST news archive]. Australia's ABC News has more.

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