International media are reporting that a Saudi national, Al Khelaiw Ali Abdullah, is to stand trial in Jakarta for allegedly funding terrorist activities in Indonesia. Two of those actions, the bombings of the J.W. Marriot and the Ritz-Carlton hotels, were completed. Others, including the attempted assassination of the Indonesia President, were thwarted.
JAKARTA (AP): Prosecutors told a court Wednesday that a retired Saudi Arabian school teacher who ran an Internet cafe in Indonesia helped finance militants responsible for suicide bombings at two Jakarta hotels that killed seven and wounded more than 50.
Al Khelaiw Ali Abdullah, 55, denied any involvement in the July 17, 2009, attacks on the downtown J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels.
“I’m not a terrorist. I’ll fight it,” Abdullah told reporters as he arrived at the South Jakarta District Court ahead of his trial by a panel of three judges.
Abdullah is charged with helping support terrorists by giving or lending money to perpetrators of a terrorist act. He faces a maximum 15 years in prison if convicted. The trial will resume next week.
Saudi Gazette/Okaz run their own report (with wire service input):
In it, Abdullah denies any wrongdoing.