Posts Tagged ‘Abu Bakar Bashir’

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2011: Bashir trial showed CFT truths

January 9, 2012

The 2011 trial of the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombing that had killed 202 people revealed important information about how Muslim terrorist financiers operate.  Abu Bakar Bashir’s terrorist training camp in Aceh, Indonesia, was funded primarily by men who believed they were following the laws of Allah in making donations and stealing money to contribute to jihad.

Exposing the solid relationship between Islamic law and terrorist financing has been a main purpose of this blog since its inception, and the Bashir trail demonstrated the link quite clearly.

Dr. Syarif Usman, a member of Bashir’s Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid organization, who provided $23,000 for the Aceh camp, presented his defense at a hearing in early 2011 that his actions were “based on Shariah law.”

Defendant Abdul Haris said “If I move forward and follow the orders of Allah, I will be charged under the Anti-Terror Law. But if I turn back on His orders, then I have to face His wrath.”

Bashir had told Haris that “If you have extra money, you can donate to us and the biggest returns will come from God.”

Bank robberies were committed in behalf of Bashir and the Aceh camp “because they seek interest, which is against Islamic law,” according to Muslim bank robber and Bashir supporter Beben Khairul Banin.

The language of Bashir and his money jihadist supporters closely mirrors the language of the Koran and Hadith.

As such, the trial was all but ignored by the mainstream Western media in 2011, with the best coverage coming from the Jakarta Globe.  Bashir was finally convicted in June and sentenced to 15 years in an Indonesian prison.

Including the Bashir case, 2011 was a somewhat successful year overall for exposing those who used zakat to fund jihad, considering the upholding of the convictions of the Holy Land Foundation leadership on appeal, the convictions of two Muslim Somali women in Minnesota for their terrorist funding, and the sentencing of Oregon-based jihadist Pete Seda to 33 months in federal prison for running a Saudi-satellite terror funding charitable front organization.

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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

Read all about it:

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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Muslim robber: banks seeking interest are legit targets

April 13, 2011

The Bashir trial in Indonesia over the creation and funding of a terrorist training camp has turned out to be a wonderful learning opportunity about the harmony between Islamic law and what the West would normally regard as “purely” criminal behavior.

The latest development is that one of Bashir’s possible funding sources, a bank heist in Medan last year, was justified by the bank robbers in terms of Islamic sharia finance principles.  (Which we also suggested at the time, here.)  Since riba is a detested concept within Islam, the robber took the money jihad to its next logical conclusion and made the bank pay for its “sin.”  The position is also in line with the views of jihadi cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, British Muslim Anjem Choudary, and North Carolina terror cell organizer Daniel Patrick Boyd.

As to what the robbers did with their spoils, there are conflicting reports, although one-fifth of it (khums on ghanima, anyone?) may have ended up in Bashir’s purse.  From the Jakarta Globe on Apr. 5:

Bashir Witness Claims CIMB Niaga Heist Was to Fund Jihad

A deadly heist at a CIMB Niaga bank branch in Medan last year was carried out to fund jihad, a suspected militant told the court on Monday at the trial of controversial cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.

“The money was intended for Jihad Fisabilillah,” or struggling in the name of Allah, said Beben Khairul Banin, who is being tried separately for the Aug. 18 robbery that left one police officer dead.

“We will fight against anything considered an affront to Islam,” he told the South Jakarta District Court.

Banks are among the targets “because they seek interest, which is against Islamic law,” he said.

Beben said he was paid Rp 10 million ($1,150) after the bank heist, but he had no idea what happened to the rest of the money.

Police said the CIMB Niaga bank heist and a series of other robberies at banks, Internet cafes and a money changer in Medan last year were intended to finance the operations of a paramilitary training camp in Aceh, allegedly funded by Bashir…

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Terror donations followed laws of Allah

March 13, 2011

The court defense of two terrorist financiers in Indonesia show that they are true believers in the rewards of the money jihad.

Donors behind Abu Bakar Bashir’s funding operation for a terrorist training camp say that they were making their donations in order to obtain “rewards from Allah.”

Their actions were perfectly legal, even required, within the context of sharia law.  Remember what the profiteer Muhammad said, “The warrior gets his reward, and the one who equips him gets his own reward and that of the warrior” (Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 14 No. 2520).  The jihadist financier is doubly blessed, and these two defendants believe it to their core.

From the Jakarta Globe on Mar. 9 (h/t RoP):

Two men accused of channeling funds to firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir to set up a paramilitary camp in Aceh firmly maintained their innocence in two separate hearings at the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Defendant Abdul Haris, aka Haris Amir Falah, the leader of the Jakarta branch of Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid, an Islamic organization founded by Bashir, and Dr. Syarif Usman, who joined JAT last year, said they had simply made donations to a good cause.

Abdul told the court that he found himself faced with a dilemma. “If I move forward and follow the orders of Allah, I will be charged under the Anti-Terror Law. But if I turn back on His orders, then I have to face His wrath.”

He is facing nine years in jail for allegedly collecting money from donors and channeling it to Bashir.

“When we have to choose between the regulations and laws of Allah, and those that are man-made, any good Muslim will choose the laws as written out by Allah,” he said.

At a separate hearing, Syarif, whom prosecutors have accused of providing Rp 200 million ($22,740) for the Aceh camp, also presented his defense, insisting that his donation was based on Shariah law, and therefore, criminal charges should not be laid upon him.

“Who owns the land of Indonesia? We acknowledge that Allah has created the sky, the earth and all its contents,” said Syarif, who is also facing a nine-year sentence.

“As for this trial, it can deliver any verdict it wants, because my donation is meant to seek rewards from Allah.”

In their handwritten defense, containing mainly verses from the Koran, neither of the men mentioned Bashir.

Asludin Hatjani, a lawyer representing both defendants, said the terrorism charges were groundless because the prosecution failed to prove that the money had been channeled to the Aceh camp, which was raided by police in February last year.

In the indictment prepared by prosecutors, the two are accused of collecting the funds after Bashir allegedly told them: “We are launching a program of major jihadi activities. If you have extra money, you can donate to us and the biggest returns will come from God.”

The panel of judges on the case have said they will deliver their verdict on Friday.

A third suspect, Hariadi Usman, is also on trial in South Jakarta on similar charges .

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Bali bomber Bashir back behind bars

August 12, 2010
Jemaah Islamiya head honcho arrested

Abu Bakar Bashir being “escorted” by police

Abu Bakar Bashir, the so-called “spiritual leader” of the jihadi terrorist organization Jemaah Islamiya and probable mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombing, has been arrested for what will hopefully be the final time.  An excerpt from the Associated Press yesterday:

Indonesia has been hit by a string of suicide bombings blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked network, since 2002 when militants attacked two packed nightclubs on the resort island of Bali, killing 202 people.

Bashir, best known as a co-founder and spiritual head of JI, has been arrested twice before and spent several years in jail. But this is the first time officials say they can link him directly to terrorist activities.

They say he helped set up al-Qaida in Aceh, providing funding, helping choose its leaders — including Dulmatin, one of the alleged masterminds of the Bali bombings — and keeping in regular contact with its field commanders.

Though Bashir faces a maximum penalty of death, few analysts believe he will get that.

“I think the strongest evidence the police are going to have against him is financing the camp in Aceh,” said Sidney Jones, an expert on Southeast Asian terror groups.

And where did Bashir get the funding for the Acehnese terrorist camp in the first place?  Let’s look at the history. 

  • In the 1980s, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, Bashir “recruited volunteers to fight in the anti-Soviet Muslim brigades in Afghanistan and sought funding from Saudi Arabia while maintaining connections with former colleagues in Indonesia.”
  • Writing for the National Bureau of Asian Research, Dr. Zachary Abuza found that the Bali bombing “required less than $50,000 to plan and execute,” and that Jemaah Islamiyah has used Islamic charities (with Saudi links), front companies, mosque donations, hawalas, cash couriers, and criminal activities to raise funds.
  • The Times reported in 2002 that Bashir may have received $74,000 from one of Osama Bin Laden’s bank accounts.  Indonesian jihadists also received funding from Al Haramain, a Saudi charity whose U.S. branch was shut down by Treasury years ago.

Since the death penalty appears to have been ruled out, the two words I fear the most are compassionate release