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Indonesian Islamic hardliners want anti-terrorism squad disbanded

(DPA POLITICS) Indonesia Terrorism Indonesian Islamic hardliners want anti-terrorism squad disbanded Jakarta Lawyers for a group of Indonesian Islamic militants filed a lawsuit Wednesday demanding the government disband a special anti-terror squad that has arrested hundreds of terrorist suspects, accusing it of human rights violations. Attorneys for the Team For The Defence of Muslims, which has represented dozens of terrorist suspects, including militant cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, submitted a class action lawsuit in the South Jakarta District Court. Munarman, one of the attorneys, told reporters that many of arrested terrorist suspects claimed to have been tortured so they would confess. “The police are ill-treating them and using those methods in order to gather information (from the suspects),” detik.com on-line news portal quoted Munarman as saying. The lawsuit accuses Detachment 88, a US-funded counter-terrorism squad, of making arbitrary arrests and demands the court “declare the actions of the antiterrorism squad against the law and as gross human rights violations.” Indonesia has been hit by a string of deadly bombings in recent years mostly blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a regional terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda. The group has killed hundreds of foreigners and Indonesians during terrorist attacks on Christian churces in 2000; the resort island of Bali in 2002 and 2005; the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta in 2003 and the Australian Embassy in 2004. More than 400 alleged JI members have been arrested since the 2002 Bali bombing, which killed 202 people, mostly foreign visitors. Ba’asyir was convicted of conspiracy in the attacks and served 26 months in prison, while three other defendants were sentenced to death in separate trials. In the latest anti-terror crackdown this month, Detachment 88 arrested JI’s most senior leader and its military commander during raids on June 8 and 9 in Central and East Java provinces. Ba’asyir, widely seen by Western countries as the spiritual leader of JI, called the anti-terrorism squad a tool of the Americans to wage war against Islam. Ba’asyir, 68, was released from jail on parole June 2006, but the Indonesian Supreme Court in December 2006 overturned his conviction and cleared him of involvement in the blasts. Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, with some 190 million faithful. While the vast majority of are mainstream, a militant minority has become increasingly vocal and publicly supports violence against Westerners. In the past year militant groups have filed lawsuits against the publisher of the Indonesian version of Playboy magazine – even though it doesn’t depict nudity – and Indonesia’s representative in the Miss Universe pageant for wearing a bathing suit during the competition.

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June 27, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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