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    Abu Bakar Bashir Terror Trial Continues in Jakarta


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    The trial of Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir continues in Jakarta today. He's facing charges of operating a terrorist training camp.

    Six followers of an Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir testified at his trial on Monday.

    Bashir, the spiritual leader of the outlawed Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah, is on trial over terror charges which carry a maximum penalty of death.

    Bashir's followers say that their leader sought funds and weapons to support their terrorist training activities in Aceh Province on the island of Sumatra.

    Abdullah Sonata says he didn't know Bashir personally and did not know about the Bashir's terrorist training camp in Aceh.

    Another witness is a treasury department official for Bashir's group, Jamaah Ansharut Tauhit.

    [Joko Daryono, Treasurer, Jamaah Ansharut Tauhit]:
    "My task is to receive all the money and funds for Ustadz Abu Bakar Bashir and then all expenditures must be through him (Bashir)."

    Bashir says only one of the prosecution charges could be considered reasonable.

    [Abu Bakar Bashir, Muslim Cleric]:
    "I think from all accusations, only violating the possession of firearms without license makes sense."

    In earlier sessions, Bashir denied all the accusations, but says the training camp in Aceh is for physical preparation for jihad - or holy war - which he described as an order from God.

    Police say Islamist militant groups in Indonesia are waging war against Western symbols like embassies and Western-brand hotels, as well as government officials, foreign firms and NGOs.