14 Feb '11, 1pm

Hard-line Indonesia cleric faces 3rd terror trial - TODAYonline

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesia's most famous firebrand Islamic cleric went on trial Monday for allegedly forming a terrorist cell to plot high-profile assassinations and attacks on Western hotels and embassies - charges that carry a maximum penalty of death. Abu Bakar Bashir has twice escaped terrorism-related convictions in the past, but prosecutors insisted that this time the charges in their nearly 100-page indictment will stick. Indonesia, a secular nation of 237 million with more Muslims than any other in the world, has made strides in fighting terrorism following a string of suicide bombings that have killed more than 260 people in the past decade. But it still faces pockets of radicalized Islamists and a small but increasingly vocal hard-line fringe has rattled nerves in recent days with new, violent attacks on minorities. Bashir - co-founder of the al-Qaida-li...

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