Indonesian stands trial on terror finance charges

An Indonesian doctor accused of financing a terrorist cell known as "Al-Qaeda in Aceh" went on trial today in Indonesia, facing possible execution by firing squad if found guilty.

Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 19:24 PM IST

Jakarta: An Indonesian doctor accused of
financing a terrorist cell known as "Al-Qaeda in Aceh" went on
trial today in Indonesia, facing possible execution by firing
squad if found guilty.

The cell featured local and foreign Islamist militants
under the leadership of alleged Bali bomber Dulmatin, who was
killed in March after police discovered the group`s training
camp in Aceh province.

Dozens of alleged members have been captured or killed,
including 41-year-old doctor and alleged financier Syarif
Usman, who appeared in the South Jakarta district court today
on multiple terrorism-related charges.

"The defendant is charged over his involvement in
terrorism and assisting terrorists, especially over his USD
22,400 funding to the terror group`s training in Aceh,"
prosecutor Mayasari said.

The state alleges Usman was acting on behalf of radical
cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the one-time suspected spiritual
leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror network blamed
for the 2002 Bali bombings and other attacks.

Bashir is in custody awaiting trial for his alleged role
in the Aceh cell, but is allowed to preach to inmates and
remains a hero to mainly Muslim Indonesia`s tiny fringe of
Islamist fanatics.

Another suspect, Abdul Haris, 46, stood trial separately
for allegedly acting as the cell`s financial middle-man and
could also face the death penalty if proven guilty.

Before and after the trials, supporters of the defendants
shouted "God is greater, God is greater" inside the court
rooms.

The trials are one of many terrorism cases currently
before the courts in Indonesia, the world`s most populous
Muslim-majority nation.

PTI