Bashir Given 15 Years for Terrorism

JAKARTA Radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was jailed for 15 years on Thursday for funding a terrorist group that was planning attacks against Westerners and political leaders. The 72-year-old preacher showed little emotion as judge Herri Swantoro read out the guilty verdict and sentence at the end of a four-month trial in the South […]

Indonesian Stands Trial over Danish Embassy Plot

JAKARTA An Indonesian militant went on trial on Thursday to face charges of plotting to attack the Danish embassy in revenge for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper in 2005. Heri Sigo Samboja, alias Sogir, 28, was arrested in an anti-terror police raid in June together with the country’s most wanted […]

Radical Cleric Bashir Could Face Death Penalty

JAKARTA Prosecutors promised a swift trial of radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after police charged him on Monday with inciting others to commit terrorist acts, a crime carrying the death penalty. “We want to try him very quickly,” South Jakarta prosecutors office chief Mohammed Yusuf told reporters after the aged extremist presented himself under tight […]

Suspected Leading Terrorist Arrested

JAKARTA Police said on Friday they had arrested top terror suspect Abu Tholut, seen as one of the most dangerous Islamist extremists in the country. Tholut, 49, is suspected of playing a lead role in the formation of a militant training camp that was found in Aceh in February, as well as recruiting militants and […]

Govt Says Greater Efforts Needed to Battle Terrorism

NUSA DUA The central government urged greater vigilance and cooperation in the fight against terrorism, as counterterrorism chiefs from around the world met in Bali on Monday. Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto told delegates from 22 countries that Indonesia had struck a significant blow against Southeast Asian terror networks in recent years but there was […]

Extra Precautions in Bali Over Terror Threat

DENPASAR Security forces have gone on increased alert throughout Bali in the wake of the Sumatra terrorist bank raid and attack on a police station in which three policemen were killed. The ferry ports of Gilimanuk and Padang Bai are on special watch, police in Buleleng have increased patrols of remote fishing villages in the […]

Anti-Terror Squad Kills Three Suspects

JAKARTA Anti-terror police shot dead three people and arrested five others over a bank robbery in which heavily armed gunmen escaped with around US$40,000, a spokesman said on Monday. Police spokesman Iskandar Hasan said the US-backed Detachment 88 counter-terrorism unit conducted the raids Sunday as part of an investigation into the bloody heist at CIMB […]

Hotels, Villas Still Prime Terror Targets

DENPASAR Bali’s new police chief, Hadiatmoko, has reminded his senior officers that hotels and villas in Bali were still potential terrorist targets and said no one could afford to relax about the threat. “Bali’s tourism is still threatened as a terrorist target. We will keep on protecting assets such as hotels and villas from terrorist […]