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Without sharia, attacks to continue, Ba'asyir says

  • Slamet Susanto and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta, Semarang   /   Sat, August 15 2009   /  01:38 pm

A notorious Muslim cleric who was once jailed for the Bali terror attacks in 2002, Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, warned the nation on Friday to face more suicide bombings unless Indonesia enforced Islamic sharia law. To reduce or combat bomb attacks in Indonesia, the majority Muslim country should change its administration system by implementing sharia, Ba'asyir said. "Since the government has not adopted a sharia system, such disasters *suicide bombings* will continue," Ba'asyir told a religious gathering during the Muslim Fair 2009 at Utari Mandala Wanitatama hall in Yogyakarta. The intensified efforts of police including raids against terrorists would not stop them, he said. "It will just reduce the frequency of attacks". The statement came a day after Ba'asyir led a hero's funeral for two terror suspects, Air Setyawan and Eko Joko Sarjono, in Sragen, Central Java. The...