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New charges in Bali bombing case, southeast Asia terror

MiamiHerald / The war court prosecutor has issued new charges against the alleged leader of an al-Qaida affiliate in southeast Asia, blaming him for the grisly 2002 Bali nightclub bombing and this time adding two Malaysian captives to the proposed case as alleged co-conspirators.

A copy of the non-capital charge sheet, obtained early Saturday by the Miami Herald, accuses Indonesian Riduan bin Isomuddin, 53, known as Hambali, of dispatching fighters from his Islamic extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to meet with Osama bin Laden and carry out suicide bombings.

The would-be suicide bombers were Bashir Lap , 41, known as Lilie, and Mohd Farik Bin Amin , 42, known as Zubair, two Malaysian prisoners here cast as Hambali acolytes. Together the three are accused of murder, terrorism, attacking civilians and civilian objects, attempted murder, intentionally causing serious bodily injury and destruction of property as a war crime.

A Pentagon official provided no explanation for the development. In June, the war court prosecutor swore out charges against Hambali blaming him for both the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and the 2003 attack on the JW Marriott in Jakarta, Indonesia, that together killed more than 200 people. But Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor, never moved forward on them.

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