Cleric claims training to defend Indonesia, not ‘jihad’

JAKARTA – The lawyer for a Muslim cleric found guilty and given 15 years in 2011 on terrorism charges has claimed that he had no idea a camp he was involved with in Indonesia’s Aceh region was being used to train people for ‘jihad’.

Lawyer Mahendradatta told Cilacap District Court in Central Java on Tuesday that Abu Bakar Ba’asyir — the spiritual leader of a radical group allegedly involved in the 2002 Bali bombings — believed that training shown in a video circulated by witness Lutfi Haidaroh was to defend Islam and the country from enemy attack.

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