Indonesia prosecutors demand death for radical leader over 2016 attacks

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Indonesian armed police escort Indonesian radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman (2nd R) as he arrives at the South Jakarta court in Jakarta on February 15, 2018. (AFP)
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An Indonesian anti-terror policeman stands guard at the blast site following a suicide bomb outside a church in Surabaya on May 13, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 18 May 2018
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Indonesia prosecutors demand death for radical leader over 2016 attacks

  • Aman Abdurrahman is accused of authorizing a gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta two years ago that left four attackers and four civilians dead
  • Abdurrahman is considered the de facto head of all Daesh supporters in Indonesia and the spiritual leader of local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

JAKARTA: Indonesian prosecutors Friday demanded the death penalty for a radical cleric over his role in a 2016 terror attack committed by a group linked to wave of suicide bombings this week.
Dozens of officers from an elite unit were sent to guard the trial of Aman Abdurrahman who is accused of authorizing a gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta two years ago that left four attackers and four civilians dead.
They were the first attacks claimed by Daesh in Southeast Asia.
Abdurrahman — considered the de facto head of all Daesh supporters in Indonesia — is also the spiritual leader of local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
Authorities said JAD was behind the 2016 attack and suicide bombings in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya this week.
Two families — including a 9 and 12 year old girl — blew themselves up at churches and a police station, killing 13.
Authorities have not charged Abdurrahman, 46, over this week’s attacks.
On Friday, prosecutors called for Abdurrahman to be executed for the 2016 attacks.
“We demand this panel of judges sentence Aman Abdurrahman to death,” lead prosecutor Anita Dewayani, told the South Jakarta district court.
Abdurrahman is already in jail on a separate terror conviction.
The families who committed the suicide bombings knew each other and belonged to the same religious study group, along with third family linked to the attacks.
All had ties to JAD with the father of the church suicide bombers identified as a local leader in the group.


US spars with key allies at UN over Mideast peace approach

Updated 23 July 2019
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US spars with key allies at UN over Mideast peace approach

  • Jason Greenblatt delivered a harsh assessment during a UN Security Council debate
  • German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said, “It’s the US that has left international consensus”

UNITED NATIONS: The US is deriding the viability of reaching “international consensus” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, further distancing itself from the two-state solution preferred by most of the world and drawing rebukes from its European allies.
President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, delivered the harsh assessment during a UN Security Council debate on Tuesday as the White House says it is preparing to unveil the political portion of its Mideast peace plan.
Greenblatt dismissed the prospect of reaching global consensus on sensitive issues, including the fate of Palestinian refugees and the final status of contested Jerusalem. He suggested that Security Council resolutions on those issues are unenforceable.
But his comments rankled important partners for any US Mideast plan. German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said, “It’s the US that has left international consensus.”