Fri, 09 May 2003

JI plans bombings in RI, RP: Abu Rusdan has admitted that he led meetings to plan a series of bombings in Indonesia and the Philippines. The National Police Headquarters's detectives chief Comr. Gen. Erwin Mappaseng told reporters on Thursday that Rusdan, who was arrested late last month in Central Java with 17 other alleged Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) members across the country, replaced cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir as JI leader. Erwin said Rusdan is the son of Mohammad Faleh, whom Ba'asyir met and befriended while they were detained by the New Order regime in the 1960s. Faleh was said to be a fighter of Darul Islam group, which wanted to set up an Islamic state in Indonesia. Ba'asyir is currently being tried at the Central Jakarta District Court for treason. -- JP