Jakarta: An alleged Islamic militant went on trial today on charges of harbouring terrorists behind twin suicide hotel bombings in the Indonesian capital that killed seven and wounded more than 50.
Amir Abdillah appeared in South Jakarta District Court on charges of violating Indonesia's anti-terror law, including concealing information and harboring terrorists linked with the July 17 attacks at the J W Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in Jakarta.
The bombings ended a four-year lull in terrorism in the Muslim-majority country.
He also was charged with plotting to assassinate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the bombings.
Abdillah, who prosecutors say was a driver for the late Southeast Asian militant leader Noordin Top, was arrested a month after the attacks as the first suspect in the case. If
convicted, he could be sentenced to death.
Following his arrest, Abdillah's tips led to the arrests of several other suspected terrorists and two deadly raids in Central Java that killed four suspects, including a florist at
the J W Marriott who facilitated the attacks.
In court, chief prosecutor Totok Bambang said Abdillah met with Noordin and other terrorists to plan the hotel bombings and help craft a plot to kill the president.
First Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 13:49