Posts Tagged ‘Bali bombing’

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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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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