24 Feb '12, 9am

Indonesia defies US ban on Islamist 'terror' group - Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia defies US ban on Islamist 'terror' group - Channel NewsAsia

JAKARTA - Indonesian police said Friday they would not ban an Islamist group branded a terrorist organisation by Washington, while a member of the group said US sanctions against him were "a joke." The United States on Thursday officially labelled Islamist firebrand Abu Bakar Bashir's Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) group a foreign terrorist organisation, linking it to several attacks in Indonesia. The State Department accuses the group of being behind a church bombing in Java last September, deadly attacks on Indonesian policemen and bank robberies aimed at raising money for weapons and bomb materials. "It is the right of the United States to make such a statement, but the group is allowed to carry on in Indonesia as long as it is not breaking the law," National Police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution told AFP. "We will keep monitoring their activities," Nasution said, adding t...

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