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Terror trial of radical cleric postponed on technicality

The highly anticipated trial of Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiah militant network, has been adjourned on technical grounds until Monday. Bashir faces charges that carry the death penalty.


REUTERS - The trial of a firebrand Indonesian Islamic cleric on terror charges opened on Thursday and was swiftly adjourned on a technicality.

Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the outlawed southeast Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiah, faces fresh charges that carry the death penalty in a trial which refocuses attention on Indonesia's fight against Islamic terror groups.

While Indonesia has won praise for largely defeating Islamic terror, analysts and rights groups are concerned a recent spike in religious intolerance shows extremism still has a hold on the world's most populous Muslim nation.

The trial opened under tight security in the capital, but was ajourned until Monday after judges granted a defence request for a postponement on technical grounds.

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