police have rearrested militant cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir on
suspicion of terrorism, immediately after his release from a Jakarta
Police say they have new evidence against
Police said they had new evidence to show he was a senior leader
of militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), blamed for the 2002 Bali
Ba'asyir, who has served 18 months for immigration offences,
denies being the group's spiritual leader.
Hundreds of his supporters clashed with police as he was
Police were stoned and taunted with cries of "If you dare, arrest
us" and chants of "Allahu Akbar!" (God is greatest).
Ba'asyir's supporters hurled rocks and stones
A number of people were injured and several cars smashed during
Ba'asyir's lawyers described the police action as "an
extraordinary form of illegal detention".
"We will challenge this in court. This is not an arrest, this is
kidnapping," one of Ba'asyir's lawyers, Achmad Khalid, was quoted as
saying by the AFP news agency.
Ba'asyir's supporters had vowed to take the cleric back to the
Islamic boarding school he runs in Solo in central Java, where
several of those behind the 2002 Bali bombings studied.
Witnesses said that police took Ba'asyir from his cell at Salemba
prison early on Friday morning and rushed him into a waiting vehicle
to be taken to the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital.
ABU BAKAR BA'ASYIR
Taught at Islamic school
Arrested a week after the Oct 2002 Bali
Sept 2003 - found guilty of sedition and
But acquitted of being spiritual leader of JI
Dec 2003 - Sedition charge quashed on appeal
April 2004 - Rearrested and faces terrorism
Ba'asyir smiled and waved at waiting reporters, saying: "The will
of God must be carried out."
Ansyaad Mbai, the top anti-terror official at Indonesia's
security ministry, said police had enough evidence to prove Ba'asyir
was a senior leader of JI, the group blamed for the Bali attack
which killed 202 people.
"Abu Bakar Ba'asyir will be charged with all bombings committed
by Jemaah Islamiah because he is the leader of the group," he said.
"Many witnesses have said the bombings were approved by him. We
have a strong case and we have strong evidence."
The proof, police said, included documents uncovered during
investigations into the activities of Islamic militants in Indonesia
and the Philippines.
Police also said they had evidence that Ba'asyir oversaw the
graduation ceremonies of militants in the Philippines and appointed
one of JI's senior leaders.
Police attempted to question Ba'asyir on Wednesday - two days
before his release - but he refused to cooperate.
Ba'asyir has not been previously charged in connection with the
Bali attacks, but he did stand trial accused of plotting to
overthrow the government as the alleged spiritual leader of JI.
He was cleared of treason in September 2003, but was instead
jailed for four years for subversion and immigration offences. The
subversion charge was later overturned on appeal.
But since he was last in court a new law has come into force
which sets a lower burden of proof in cases involving terrorism.