Radical Indonesian evangelist Abu Bakar Bashir was charged yesterday with planning terrorist attacks, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of death. Malaysia police detained three people following the Bashir arrest, for their links to a foreign militant group and for activities that could affect national security.
Last month, Malaysia confirmed it had arrested a man accused of recruiting students for the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror organisation. Authorities have said that Islamic militants are trying to revive JI, a Southeast Asian terror outfit, by attracting new members from Malaysian universities.
Police are also investigating allegations of foreigners funding terrorism in Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported. The Densus 88 anti-terror squad is tracking a French citizen who is said to have given a car to terrorists alleged to have ties with Bashir.
Malaysia detains three for links to foreign militants [Channel NewsAsia, 11 August 2010]
Bashir faces death penalty for terrorism [TODAYonline, 12 August 2010]