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Islamic extremists in court in suit against Indonesia’s anti-terror squad

(AP) Islamic extremists told a court Thursday that Indonesia’s anti-terror squad should be disbanded, saying the U.S.-trained police were violating human rights in making arrests and garnering confessions. Among those who attended the hearing was Abu Bakar Bashir, who was found guilty of giving his blessing to the 2002 attacks on Bali island that killed 202 people. His conviction was overturned after he spent more than three years in jail. The anti-terror squad, known as Densus 88, “must be disbanded because it damages the interests of Islam by arbitrarily arresting Muslims and labeling them as terrorists,” Bashir told reporters at the South Jakarta District court. “It also should not be allowed to receive funds from America, which is led by (U.S. President) George Bush, who is known for his anti-Islam attitude,” Bashir said. Lawyers representing suspected militants filed the lawsuit last month demanding that Indonesia disband Densus 88, saying it violated their clients’ human rights. Police have denied violating the law. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks in recent years blamed on the al-Qaida linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, the most deadly being the 2002 Bali blasts. Many of the victims were foreign tourists. Densus 88, funded and trained by Australia and the United States, has been instrumental in arresting scores of militants since then, and nearly 200 have been convicted. Judge Wahyono, who goes by only one name, said police would be invited to court next week to respond to allegations that the anti-terror squad used torture to coerce confessions and violated human rights while carrying out arrests. Under Indonesian law, judges study lawsuits and if necessary call witnesses from both sides before deciding whether to hear them. Hundreds of Islamic activists attended Thursday’s hearing.

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July 19, 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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