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Bali Bombing Verdict Set for March 3

Jakarta Courts will Rule in Trial of Abu Bakar Bashir Charged with Inspiring the Bali Bombings.

(3/6/2005) The 66 year-old Indonesian cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir is scheduled to hear the verdict of a panel of judges on Tuesday, March 3, 2005, at his Jakarta trial in connection with charges that he inspired and acted as an accessory in the Bali bombing of October of 2002 and other terrorist attacks in Indonesia.

Widely reported in the international media as a leader of the Jemaah Islamiah group - officially linked to al –Qaeda, Bashir has vehemently denied leading that organization or having any involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing or Marriott Hotel Bombing attack in Jakarta in 2003.

Finishing last year an 18-month sentence for immigration violations, Bashir was immediately re-arrested by the Indonesian police and charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism precipitating the current trial. Although technically liable for a death sentence if convicted under the current charges pending against him before the court, prosecutors have asked that an 8 year sentence by imposed on the aging cleric.