Terror topdog convicted

June 18, 2011

The creepy, skeletal, grinning Muslim cleric and jihadist terror kingpin Abu Bakar Bashir has been convicted to 15 years in the slammer by an Indonesian court for terror-related charges.

The trial of Abu Bakar Bashir, an Islamist cleric who is the spiritual father of Southeast Asian jihadists and the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombing, has proved instructive about jihad funding strategies.  Bashir planned, persuaded, and pushed fellow true-believers to raise money for a jihad camp in Aceh.  Their techniques included bank robbery on the grounds that Islam permits theft against infidels and heathen banks

Historically, Bashir has sought and received funding from Saudi donors, Saudi charities, and Yemeni/Saudi expat Osama bin Laden.

Terror financier Bashir convicted to 15 year sentence

Laughing off his crimes

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RADICAL Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been found guilty of raising funds for a terrorist organisation.

Bashir -widely regarded as a spiritual leader of Southeast Asian jihadists – was accused of providing funding for a paramilitary training camp in western Aceh province.

He was arrested last August after anti-terror police raided the Aceh camp, which police said was a training centre for militants targeting government officials and buildings.

The 72-year-old was convicted of conspiring in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, but acquitted on appeal.

Hundreds of supporters of the 72-year-old preacher packed the courtroom and stood vigil outside, where they held prayers and vowed to avenge their leader if he was convicted.

Draped in his customary white robes and skull-cap, Bashir told reporters in his holding cell before the trial resumed that the democratically-elected leaders of Indonesia were “at war with Islam.”

The man who allegedly inspired young radicals to launch the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, also repeated claims today that he was being framed by Australia and the United States.

He was convicted of conspiring in the Bali bombings but acquitted on appeal.”They want me to disappear from Indonesia. And they want a verdict so that I will no longer be with the community – if possible for me to be killed,” he said.”The benefit to them? To kill Islam, to kill defenders of Islam, arrested and killed without reason.”

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