By Azania Post Reporter
A radical Islamic religious leader has been charged with Paris style attack targeting foreigners, especially French and Russian citizens living in Indonesia.
Reuters reported that Amaan Abdurrahman masterminded from his jail cell a series of attacks in the Muslim – majority nation, including a deadly 2016 gun and suicide bomb assault in Jakarta.
According to prosecutor Anita Dewayani, Abdurrahman had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group three years ago and then urged others to undertake a series of attacks.
Abdurrahman arrived in a Jakarta courtroom under tight police escort and at least a dozen heavily armed officers stood guard outside as prosecutors read out allegations against him.
Charge sheet shows that he was on trial for “planning and/or mobilizing others to carry out terrorist acts ... to create an atmosphere of terror among the public”.
Prosecutor Dewayani also alleged he was behind a suicide attack last year that killed three police officers at a Jakarta bus station and the bombing of a church in Samarinda on Borneo island that wounded four children.
Abdurrahman, who wore orange prison clothes with a checkered scarf tied around his head, told the court he understood the faults and did not object to the indictment.
The cleric and ideologue is the founder of Islamic State-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a militant group in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that the United States has designated as a “terrorist organization”.
He was immediately re-arrested by police last year after serving time in prison for setting up a militant training camp in the Indonesian province of Aceh.
Abdurrahman had reportedly also managed to keep spreading his jihadist message on social media from detention.