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Indonesian Terror Leader Hambali Finally To Face US Justice
By John McBeth, Jakarta
Legal teams are interviewing witnesses across the region in preparation for the long-awaited trial of Indonesian terrorist leader Riduan Isanuddin, who has been incarcerated at the United States-run Guantanamo Bay detention facility for 13 years.
Isanuddin, 55, better known as Hambali, was captured by American and Thai intelligence agents in Thailand’s ancient riverside capital of Ayutthaya in August 2003, 10 months after the devastating Bali bombing which he stands accused of funding.
Ironically, the alleged mastermind of the attack will apparently finally go on trial more than a decade after Indonesia and its often criticized judicial system prosecuted the last of the Bali bomb perpetrators, along with 250 other militants linked with the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror network.
Two US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and two military prosecutors were in Jakarta late last year to gather evidence, and a defense team visited Kuala Lumpur in late June for the same purpose. It is understood some witnesses will be flown to Guantanamo Bay to give testimony in the trial.