Bali Bomber on Death Row Gives Sermons Via Cellphone!
Death row has its perks in Indonesia…
A convicted Bali bomber who murdered 2002 tourists in 2002, is keeping busy while on death row in Indonesia.
A joyous Mukhlas is pictured here before delivering his defence in September 2003 in Denpasar. (Fairfax)
Mukhlas met with Osama bin Laden while fighting in Afghanistan in the 1980s and was the South-East Asian operations chief of Jemaah Islamiah. Now he is preaching to audiences outside of prison from his cellphone.
The BBC reports:
One of the men responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia has been preaching to Muslim militants by mobile phone, Indonesian police have said.
Police chief General Sutanto told Indonesian MPs that convicted bomber Mukhlas – aka Ali Ghufron – had been able to give sermons from a Bali jail.
He said a militant involved in recent unrest on Sulawesi island had heard a Mukhlas sermon to a congregation there.
Mukhlas is one of three men facing the death penalty for the 2002 attacks.
The bombs, planted at nightclubs on the island, killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
“Mukhlas, who is sentenced to death for the Bali bombings, often gave teachings from the Kerobokan prison in Bali through his handphone to the congregation in Poso,” news agency Reuters quoted the police statement as saying.
It is not clear what message Mukhlas conveyed in the sermons, nor when they took place.
Mukhlas, the eldest of three brothers accused over the nightclub attacks, spent 20 years perfecting his terrorist training across Asia.