Indonesia: alleged ‘JI’ cleric gets Christmas gift

December 21, 2006 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment

You better watch out you better not shout – he’s got a white beard and smile but he’s not Santa but – he’s now been cleared of all involvement in the bali bombing . Many in the coutner terrorism world are doing more than just pouting – Abu Baker Bashyir has been cleared by the Indonesian supreme court.

Indonesian police tighten security over Christmas
Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), a regional terrorist group linked with al-Qaeda, has been blamed for a string of bombings in Indonesia in recent years, including the ..

It did not surprise me – but yet it amazed me just the same that this happened.

Those who have been covering this story closely know just how strange a development this is – after-all – in most societies who is more guilty is often seen as the actual perpetrators of a crime.

Bashir cleared over first Bali bombing
ABC Online, Australia – Indonesia’s Supreme Court has cleared Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir of involvement in the first Bali bombing in 2002 and the bombing of the Marriott Hotel.
Bali bombing conviction overturned Ireland Online
Indonesian cleric cleared of involvement in Bali attacks Radio Australia

But in this case – perhaps – the conspiracy charge was the wrong one to have been put forward by prosecutors in the first place. Hence the SC of Indonesia’s actions – ‘inciting’ to terrorism or rebellion does not appear as crime on their books – since after-all it is the person who does the act that faces the legal challenge for their laws.

Indonesian Supreme Court overturns Bashir’s terror conviction

It is much for this reason that there are complications authorities have across the world – anyone – in a free society can express an opinion – and some border on the terms for inciting or encouraging acts contrary to law. But in pure legal terms – it is not the fault of those giving the idea’s or doctrines – but those who carry out the actions of their own free will.

I am sure much will b debated on this verdict and decision to overturn the conviction. But considering most Indonesians rejection of violent action in the mainstream most of Indonesia is very much the actions of groups seeking to use terror and bombs and killings to effect change,

          Indonesia’s Supreme Court Clears Abu Bakar Bashir of Conspiracy in Voice of America – JI has been blamed for a number of terrorist attacks in Indonesia and the Philippines over the last few years, including the 2002 Bali bombings.

Perhaps however the greatest irony here is the timing – coming days ahead of one the worst terror spree’s of bombings carried out by followers of people like this cleric – it does raise issues over what else people cn expect from the worlds largest Muslim nation in terms of justice for victims of ideological extremism.

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Entry filed under: abu sayyaf, border security, jakarta, Jemaah Islamiah, JI, news, News and politics, protests, Rants, Raves, Whathaveyou..., war, war on terror, World War 3.

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