Fourteen Years Sought for Islamists

JAKARTA ~ Prosecutors are seeking jail terms of up to 14 years for three alleged Islamist militants charged with training fighters and assisting leaders of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network.

Abu Husna, Agus Purwanto and Parmin are said to have aided top operatives from Jemaah Islamiyah, the group behind a series of attacks in Southeast Asia, including the 2002 bombings in Bali that killed more than 200 people.

All three are alleged to have helped self-proclaimed leaders Abu Dujana and Zarkasi evade police.

Abu Dujana and Zarkasi were jailed for 15 years in April for assisting terrorists and possessing, storing and moving weapons destined for use in terrorist acts.

Prosecutors told the Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday that the men had “assisted in terror acts” and “caused fear in the community.”

Purwanto allegedly funnelled proceeds from the sale of stolen gold jewellery to Abu Dujana and provided information on clashes between Muslims and Christians in Poso, Sulawesi, in 2000 and 2001.

Husna had failed to inform the police about meetings with Abu Dujana and Zarkasi in Yogyakarta.

The prosecution recommended jail terms of 14 years each for the two men.

They recommended 13 years for Parmin, also known as Yasser Abdul Baar, who is alleged to have hidden hardline Jemaah Islamiyah faction leader Noordin Mohammed Top, who is still at large.

“Parmin hid Noordin Mohammed Top and provided lodging for him. He also translated lectures on holy war by Noordin Mohammed Top into Arabic and sent them to TV station Al-Jazeera,” the prosecutor said.

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