Wed, 19 Mar 2003

Makassar bomb case files submitted

MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi: Police submitted to prosecutors on Tuesday the third batch of case files on two suspects in the bombing of a McDonald's outlet in the South Sulawesi capital, Makassar, which killed three people and 11 others injured last year.

Prosecutors received the case files of Kahar Mustafa and Usman, as part of preparations for the suspects' trials.

South Sulawesi chief of detectives Sr. Cmr. Achmad Abdi said that prosecutors had returned the case files of two other suspects due to administrative flaws. Their files were being revised, he said.

Police have, in total, arrested 19 suspects, and have submitted the dossiers of eight to prosecutors.

However, four key suspects behind the December bombing, Agung Abdul Hamid, Hizbullah Rasyid, Dahlan and Mirjal, remain at large.

Police believe the Makassar bombing in December was related to the Oct. 12 bombing in Bali. Suspects in both cases claimed to be members of Jamaah Islamiyah, a regional organization the UN has labeled a terrorist group. -- JP