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Abu Bakar Ba'asyir
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Religious Figure
    (August 17, 1938- )
    Born in Jombang, East Java, Indonesia
    Alleged spiritual head of terrorist organization Jemaah Islamiyah
    Co-founded Al-Mukmin boarding school with Abdullah Sungkar (1972)
    Charged and found guilty of immigration violations (April 14, 2003)
    Arrested for involvement in the 2003 Marriot Hotel attack in Jakarta (October 15, 2004)
    Found guilty of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings and imprisoned (March 3, 2005-June 14, 2006)
    Established Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid (October 2008)
    Charged with involvement in plans to perpetrate attacks and train terrorists in Aceh (December 13, 2010)
    Convicted of supporting a jihadist training camp and sentenced to 15 years in prison (June 16, 2011)
    He wants Sharia law imposed on Indonesia.
    He is an ardent supporter of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
    He is connected to a series of bombings that struck Indonesia, most notably the 2002 Bali bombings.
    He claims that the United States and Israel are behind 9/11 and the 2002 Bali bombings.
    Al-Mukmin is the ‘Ivy League’ for Jemaah Islamiyah recruits because many of its alumni are terrorists.
    A video footage showed him preaching that non-Muslims are like ‘worms, snakes, maggots’ and encouraging Muslims to beat tourists. (March 24, 2008)
    His birthday is the same day as the anniversary of Indonesia’s independence.
    Al-Mukmin had opposed Suharto’s New Order regime.
    His supporters cheered for him as he was released from prison in 2006.
    Despite his seemingly frail appearance, he still manages to exert a strong influence among militant Muslims.

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