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    Indonesia Begins Trial Against Islamic Militants


    by NTDTelevision

    An Indonesian suspect appeared in court on Wednesday (February 10) in connection with bomb attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta last July and a plan to assassinate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

    The first of a group of defendants set to appear in court is 34-year-old Amir Abdillah. He’s believed to have taken orders from Noordin Mohammad Top—the head of a wing of the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiah, which police say was behind the attacks.

    State prosecutor Totok Bambang told the court that Abdillah and other group members launched suicide bomb attacks at the Ritz Carlton and J.W. Marriott hotels in July 2009, killing 11 people including the suicide bombers, and wounding 53 others.

    The suspect, Abdillah had told police that Top, who was killed by police in a raid in September, had ordered the attacks on the hotels, and had planned to assassinate the president using a car bomb shortly afterwards.

    Under Indonesian law, the maximum penalty for abetting acts of terrorism is death.